More Nigerians are adding their voice to the call for President Muhammadu Buhari to drop his 2019 presidential ambition.

The call is not only from the opposition, Buhari's party members have also joined the fray.

A Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, asked Buhari to heed the admonition of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, drop his re-election bid, and allow a new leader with ‘fresh and progressive ideas’ to take charge.

Sani, a member of the All Progressives Congress, said the president should emulate Nelson Mandela of South Africa, and 'bow out while the ovation is loudest'.

The Senator was reacting to a letter by the former head of state critiquing the present administration of Buhari.

Obasanjo, in a special press statement entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement” said Mr Buhari had performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the horse” to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country".

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“President Buhari is a man of impeccable character and a moral as well as a political leader but he deserves the truth about his grey areas, his weaknesses and his apparent failures,” Sani noted in a statement on Wednesday.

“President Buhari must free himself from the slippery slates of political choristers and drummers. He should take a dignified bow," he wrote.

He added that the president should rather work towards identifying a fitting replacement than seek re-election.

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