The Presidency has denied insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari was behind the controversial six-year single term bill that was rejected at the National Assembly.
Speculations had emerged that the lawmaker who sponsored the bill might be flying a kite for Buhari as part of alleged underground moves to secure a third term for him.
However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, absolved Buhari of any involvement in the bill.
Speaking to The Punch, Omoworare maintained that President Buhari was not interested in a third term.
He noted that the president had warned individuals against using his name to canvass votes or endorsement ahead of the 2023 election.
“To the best of my knowledge, the President has said a number of times that he is not interested in a third term. He said so a few months ago during the National Executive Council meeting at the APC Secretariat. He said it candidly and vividly that he was not interested. I have not seen anything in his attitude to the contrary,” he said.
“In fact, on his recent 77th birthday, he repeated it that nobody should use his name to campaign ahead of the 2023 elections. He did this for everybody to see that not only that he is not interested in coming back, but also that he is not interested in supporting anybody.” the presidential aide added.
“The body language I have seen so far is that the President is not interested in coming back for a third time. He has spent all his terms. God has been merciful to him. He has been a military Head of State and he has been President of Nigeria under a democratic setting and I have not seen anything indicating that he wants a third term.”