The Presidency has denied reports in some quarters that it has plans to amend the Constitution regarding the two-term limit for Presidents which will enable President Muhammadu Buhari, seek a third term in office.
Naija News reports that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quashed this rumour in a statement on Tuesday night, October 1.
The Presidential spokesman 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 an attempt was wrong and unconstitutional and will not happen under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shehu described President Buhari as a democrat who respects the Constitution and would never support any activity aimed at altering it.
“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,” the Presidential spokesman said in a statement, adding that “there is not even the faintest possibility that this will change.”
The statement reads as thus: “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,” the statement added.