‘I Will Stand Down In 2023’ – Buhari Insists Third Term Not In His Plans
President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that he has no plans to seek third term in office.
Buhari, in his new year message to Nigerians, assured that he would be leaving office at the expiration of his second term in 2023.
“I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections,” the president wrote.
“But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year,” he added.
Buhari said these against the backdrop of claims that he was nurturing a third term bid against the constitutionally allowed two terms in office.
The president had during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on November 22, 2019, said he won’t make the mistake of seeking another term in office.
“I’m not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term. Besides the age, the constitution makes provision for only two terms.”
THE WHISTLER had reported how the presidency in October also debunked the reports, saying, “There are no circumstances – nor set of circumstances – under which President Buhari may seek to amend the constitution regarding the two-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,” Buhari’s special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, had said in a statement.