The presidency has responded to a rife rumour that President Muhammadu Buhari will be seeking a third term in office come 2023 by lobbying the National Assembly to amend the constitution to that effect.
In a statement released by the presidency, it said President Muhammadu Buhari has no such agenda and will not be attempting such unconstitutional idea under any circumstances.
The statement specifically stated that Buhari’s second term tenure will end in 2023 and he will be handing over to another democratically elected president.
See full statement:
STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMITS:
The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip & un-informed media commentary regarding presidential term limits, given credence by so-called support groups, staging street demonstrations asking President Muhammadu Buhari to do a 3rd term.
There are NO circumstances – nor set of circumstances – under which President Buhari may seek to amend the Constitution regarding the two-term term limit on holding office as President.
President Buhari intends to serve his full second elected term in office, ending 2023 – and then there shall be a general election in which he will NOT be a candidate.
There is not even the faintest possibility that this will change.
It is important to note that there was a past attempt to change the Constitution to allow for the-then incumbent president to stand for a third term.
That attempt was wrong, unconstitutional — and rightly rebuffed.
No such attempt will happen under this President.
President Buhari is a democrat. He respects the Constitution. Any activity aimed at altering the two-term limit will not succeed and shall never have his time nor support.
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