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Second term declaration: Your health first, Ladoja cautions Buhari

A former governor of Oyo State, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be sure his health can carry him through another term in office.

Ladoja was reacting to the presidents declaration that he would seek a second term in the 2019 elections.

Buhari made his intention known on Monday during a meeting with the  National Executive Council (NEC) of the APC in Abuja.

Ladoja acknowledged that the president has the right to seek re-election in line with the constitution but he stressed that voters would use their votes to confirm his performance in the last three years. He cautioned that Buhari should be first convinced that his health is in a state to support his ambition.

Speaking through his media aide, Mr Lanre Latinwo, Ladoja said: “Yes, he can contest. Nobody can say he is not qualified to contest. The Nigerian constitution guarantees his right to do so. Nigerians will also determine whether or not he has bettered their lives in the last three years that he has been president through the ballot. But he first needs to convince himself that his health can support his aspiration. In the last two Jumats, he was unable to stand on his feet to observe his prayers. That is an issue.”

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