Our reporter| People claiming that there is a plot to disrupt the general election and impose an interim government are those “afraid” of losing elections, the presidency said on Friday.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu stated this in a statement issued on Friday.
The presidency’s response comes hours after Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, said the cash scarcity following the naira redesign policy, as well as the current petrol scarcity, is part of a plot to ensure that “the 2023 Elections do not hold at all, leading to an interim national government to be led by a retired army general”.
The presidency, however, dismissed the claim of an interim government, saying it was an attempt to incite panic.
“Let us clearly, specifically, and emphatically state that there is absolutely no truth to the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is working towards an interim government or even worse, the truncation of democracy – democracy that he has helped to keep alive not only here at home, in West Africa but throughout the continent,” the statement reads.
“The talk of interim government and truncation of democracy is way off the mark. Those who peddle it stand to gain nothing – nothing at all – but the creation of panic and the incitement of the public against the federal government.
“It is another dangerous dimension by people who are afraid that they may lose their elections.
“Everybody is aware that there is a lot of pressure on everyone – all of us – the party, its elected officials, its candidates, and law enforcement agencies following the way the currency swap has gone but the way to go is not to panic.
“There is indeed a problem and nobody will pretend that it doesn’t exist.
It is precisely because the President is concerned with this problem that he opened several avenues for consultation with leaders and groups across the country, culminating in his broadcast to the nation on Thursday morning.
“In line with the speech, his clear and unequivocal directive is that the problem of cash supply must be addressed without delay. While this is being done, there is no need to panic. We need to work together as leaders; as a people and as one nation. When panic hits, people go into overdrive. Shouting helps no one because no one can listen.
“The solution to the problem is not in sending Nigerians into confusion.
Elections, just a week ahead, will hold and Nigerians will vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, (and any others if they so wish) on the basis of their choice.
“Our people want progress, good governance, law, and order and will not be swayed by the negative energy that is being expended against a well-meaning currency change.”
Shehu, however, added that President Muhammadu Buhari is still in support of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Finally, to state that: the President clearly has a favoured successor in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is not in doubt. The fact that Tinubu has been opposed to the speed and timing of the Naira swap timetable does not mean he is against the idea of Nigeria becoming a cashless society. Of course, Tinubu does support a cashless society: for he is a man of the future,” the statement reads.
“What should be made crystal clear to the doubters and the speculators and the untruth-tellers is that in no way was the naira swap “engineered” to keep the President in office beyond May 29. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“The President looks forward to handing over the reins of power to his elected successor. This will happen on May 29, 2023, as the Constitution requires it.
The days of unelected Nigerian leaders, and those who outstay their welcome by unconstitutionally extending it, have gone.”
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