The party made the announcement on Friday in Abuja. It said the decision was reached at its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting held on Thursday.
According to the party, the endorsement of Mr. Buhari was based on its consideration of the five critical issues which its NEC believes constitute the nation’s top and urgent priority: national unity, public security, job creation, fight against corruption, and the economy.
It noted that Mr. Buhari had “a track record of achievement in these areas as a former head of state and, later, executive chairman of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund.”
“The incumbent (President Goodluck Jonathan) that has been at the helm of affairs of the nation in the past six years has failed (in the critical issues considered by the party),” it said.