The Presidency said on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari would not drop his re-election bid and that the option is not in his contemplation.
According to the Presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina, the decision to seek re-electin by President Buhari was well thought out and nothing had happened to make him beat a retreat.
Adesina was reacting through a statement to a news report that the President was under intense pressure from foreign powers to give up his bid for a second term.
He said the contrary was the situation as all the countries mention in the story which he termed fiction, we’re deeply impressed by Buhari’s strides in handling the affairs of the country in the past three years
The statement read: “Under the headline, ‘Pressure mounts on Buhari not to seek re-election,’ the fiction parading as news claims that foreign powers, including the European Union, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, are putting pressure on President Buhari not to seek re-election, due to some concocted reasons.
“We thought fake news was the sole preserve of the social media in this season. Alas, a traditional medium has caught the bug. Obviously, the author of the story just got a brain wave, or got procured by anti-democratic elements, and then penned the mischief.
“If there are quarters in which President Buhari is held in very high esteem, and the work he is doing for Nigeria highly lauded, it is in the countries mentioned. Some of them are equally bastions of democracy, and will not interfere in the democratic affairs of a sovereign country. The newspaper should simply tell its story to the marines.
“President Buhari is not a flippant or frivolous individual. He gave deep thought to the prospect, before announcing his bid for a second term in office. It is only those who fear that their goose would be cooked, if they meet with him at the polls, that are trying to dissuade him from running by all means, including sponsored newspaper stories.
“By saying it got feelers that President Buhari may opt out of the 2019 presidential election, Daily Independent embarrassed itself, and all those who love good journalism. The newspaper can surely do better.”