President Buhari To Expand Cabinet Ahead Of 2019 Race

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The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, and the newly-appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), had however after its weekly meeting last Thursday, during which time it approved the 2018 budget proposal, said that the council will soon be meeting with the National Assembly to decide when it will be submitted to the two chambers for consideration.

President Muhammadu Buhari hosted a caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Monday night.

The governors spoke before the commencement of the NEC meeting. Lalong equally added that the APC governors had resolved to work towards the president's re-election in 2019. "I don't want to predict any number of years", Mr. Ibrahim said.

"Do we have any other person that will challenge the President again?"

"I hope we can continue to depend on you, If we keep united and rise above petty or personal quarrels, we will surely achieve the desired change in the country, ´´ the President said".

"We are the party of the people for the people and by the people and this is democratic environment".

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"I have confidence in this President and there is no doubt about that".

"Each of us has our role to play and that is why we are playing it".

The governors had during separate interviews with reporters at the APC National Secretariat, the venue of Tuesday's NEC meeting, respectively said only Buhari had what it would take to fly the party's flag in 2019.

He said they discussed how to strengthen existing bilateral relations between Nigeria and cote d'I voire.

The party members felt that considering the fact that aggrieved members had yet to be pacified, doing so would escalate tension in the party and adversely affect its chances.

The Senate President and the Speaker also came after the meeting had started.