The Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has noted that it is too early to start talking about 2023 presidency when so many acts of governance and nation-building before them need attention.
Lawan said this in response to speculations that he is gearing up to contest Nigeria’s number one political seat in 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
However, reacting to the speculations through a statement on Saturday by Ola Awoniyi, his special adviser on media, Senate President Lawan denied plans of nursing any 2023 presidential ambition.
The statement partly read, “The attention of the office of the President of the Senate has been drawn to a rather puerile media report that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, is making plans to run for president in 2023. The report was first published by the Daily Independent newspaper of Friday, 17th July, 2020 and reproduced later by the Sahara Reporters.
“The report apparently has its source in beer parlour gossips and should be treated with the contempt which it and those who concocted it deserves.
“It is true that the Senate President was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari held prior to the last emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“But there was nothing extra-ordinary in his involvement in such consultations, given his status as holder of one of the highest political offices in Nigeria and on the platform of the APC. Such is required of any concerned member of the party.
“The Senate President believes that it is premature for anybody to be talking now about 2023 when all hands should be on deck against the myriad of challenges that faces our nation in this period.”
Naija News reports President Buhari’s tenure will end in 2023 and as he is not eligible for another term in office based on constitutional requirements, some politicians have started positioning themself and putting structures in place for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.