The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu says the president has no plans to amend the constitution to enable him contest for a third term in office.
Shehu disclosed this while reacting to an online gossips and speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari may accept the campaign by a group to go for a third term in office.
A group that calls itself Movement for the Approval of Buhari Third Term has been campaigning for constitutional amendment to enable Buhari run for a third term.
He slammed the speculations, saying categorically that ”no such attempt will happen under this President”
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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.