The Presidency has denied the appointment of Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi as Director-General for Muhammadu Buhari's 2019 campaign.

According to Femi Adesina, media aide to Buhari, the development was merely a rumour as his principal had not declared interest in seeking reelection.

“I believe that things like Director-General will come when you have become a candidate. If the president steps into the fray now, he’s an aspirant just like any other aspirant,” Adesina noted.

“Having a Director-General comes when you become a candidate of the party.’’

“You cannot start a race until the whistle is blown. So, when he blows the whistle and say ‘yes, this is my ambition,’ then, the race starts.”

On whether Buhari will only stay one term in office, Adesina said: “Of course, this is a democracy. People will always have a right to their opinion. You know one thing about democracy is that there is multiplicity of opinion.

“So, those who believe in the Mandela option, it is their right. And it is also the right of the president to run or not to run. So, you don’t abridge the right of anybody under a democracy.

The denial by the Presidency follows a similar one by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress.

The party said Buhari would have to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate first before appointing Amaechi or any other person as his campaign Director General.

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