Presidency: Buhari Not for 3rd Term, Hands over Power to New President in 2023





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By Ngozi Ekhator

The Presidency on Monday night denied ongoing talks in hush tones about President Muhammadu Buhari nursing the ambition of a third term in office.
The Presidency made the denial in a statement by Buhari’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu.
Titled: “State House Statement on Term Limits”, Shehu said: “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.”

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