Zero chance Buhari will seek Third term- Presidency

Yusuf Bello| The Presidency on Tuesday dismissed with a wave of the hand, the insinuation in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari has plans to amend the Constitution to allow for a third attempt at the presidency.

Debunking the reports, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said although there had been an attempt in the past to change the Constitution to allow for the-then incumbent president to stand for a third term, such attempt was wrong and unconstitutional and will not happen under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Shehu, President Buhari is a democrat who respects the Constitution and would never support any activity aimed at altering it.

Shehu said, “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.”

The full text of Shehu’s statement…

State House Statement On Presidential Term Limits

The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and 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 third 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.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

October 1, 2019

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