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"President Muhammadu Buhari certainly has the right under the 1999 Constitution to seek re-election for second term in office", he said.

He said Nigeria does not need President Buhari as her leader in 2019.

"Let us strive to remain united in our goal".

The national publicity secretary of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi and the Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa confirmed the president's decision while addressing journalists in Abuja after the NEC meeting. "Before the declaration, there tended to be lack of clarity as to where we were going".

Nigerians on social media have reacted to the news.

´´The president felt so happy and excited because of this unity in the party; he has now considered and also accepted the appeal by several members of the society, party and everybody that he will re-contest the 2019 election.

President Buhari needs to consolidate on the achievements his administration has recorded in over three years, especially in economic growth, anti-graft war, security and youth development. "He has pursued programmes of growth and made the country better".

If Buhari wins the election in 2019, he will be sworn in at the age of 75 and is expected to serve till he is 79.

"It was an orchestrated act of desperation and a ploy to blackmail and hoodwink the President from concentrating on his anti corruption campaign, which is fast gaining grounds locally and internationally", the source said.

However, Okorie while reacting to Buhari's disclosure of intention to run for second term told Sun Newspaper: "We want to sympathise with the APC because they now have to grapple with the liability of having to present President Buhari to voters".

He was quoted as saying "I'm not getting younger".

"But I know the President, as a very, very responsible man".