President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed not to allow the failed attempt by associates of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to secure a third term for him through the amendment of the constitution.
Observing what he noted as schemes by some of his supporters to crusade a third term for him, Buhari in a statement issued late on Tuesday said the attempt was wrong and would not receive his support.
According to him the previous attempt to change the constitution during the Obasanjo presidency was wrong and that he would not follow in the same footsteps.
The statement issued on the behalf of the president by presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu read thus:
“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 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.”