I have no interest in seeking a third term, I’m not like Obasanjo, Buhari says

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By Shola Abayomi.

President Muhammadu Buhari has refuted speculations linking him to a third term in office.

The president, in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu cautioned support groups against sponsoring demonstrations asking him to seek another term in 2023.

In a veiled reference to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the statement disclosed that President Buhari had no interest in towing the path of a former incumbent president who attempted to tweak the constitution to pave the way for his third term ambition.

It added that Buhari only intends to serve his full second elected term in office, after which there shall be a general election in which he will not be a candidate.

The statement read, “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,” he said in a statement.

“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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