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Buhari Cannot Seek Third Term, He Is A Democrat, He Respects The Constitution – Presidency

The Nigerian Constitution sets a two-term limit for the president and state governors, but that has not stopped speculations that Mr Buhari may want to stay beyond 2023.
Buhari Cannot Seek Third Term, He Is A Democrat, He Respects The Constitution - Presidency

The Presidency has reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari is not seeking a third term agenda as suggested by uninformed commentaries.

This comes after several speculations from various quarters that the President is perfecting plans to run for third term.

In a statement made available by Garba Shehu, the president aide on media and publicity, stressed that there are no circumstances under which a constitutional amendment with regard to extending the two-term limit will be carried out.

The Presidency stressed that Buhari is a democrat and will under no circumstance seek to amend the Constitution regarding the two-term term limit on holding office as President.

He stated that President Buhari will be serving his full term in office which ends in 2023.

In a statement, he said;

The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and uninformed 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 President will have nothing more to say on this matter – apart from to repeat this statement, ad infinitum – that he will not be seeking, accepting, nor standing for a third term.

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