The Presidency on Tuesday night has reacted to the rumors making rounds on the intention of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a 3rd term in office.
In a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari is not going for a 3rd term and would leave office at the end of his second term in 2023, The Nation reports.
“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, he noted, is a democrat.