I’m not seeking a third term – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari threw a jibe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday. He said he was only seeking a second term and not a third term.

Buhari, at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during the APC campaign rally for his re-election, said he was just going for his second term in office, as permitted by the constitution.

“We have just finished one term and are seeking a second one, and after that, the constitution doesn’t permit anymore,” Tolu Ogunlesi, a Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, tweeted on @toluogunlesi on February 5, 2019.

“There are some who tried looking for more but they did not succeed. We should learn from their mistakes.

”We have just finished one term and are seeking a second one, and after that the constitution doesn’t permit anymore. There are some who tried looking for more but they did not succeed. We should learn from their mistakes,” the tweet said.

Obasanjo is believed to have sought the elongation of his tenure towards the tail end of his second term in 2017, in what was generally referred to as the “Third Term Agenda,” which collapsed when the National Assembly threw out the Constitutional Amendment into which it was inserted.

A bill was sponsored at the National Assembly to extend term limits by another four years, but the lawmakers, who were said to have been “bribed”, did not ratify the bill.

Obasanjo is backing Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unseat the incumbent president.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of APC berated the opposition party for raising rigging allegations. He said the PDP was only afraid of APC shadow because it introduced rigging into the electoral process.

Tinubu said the PDP has admitted failure even before the election by its allegation that APC and Buhari planned to rig the February 16 general elections.

“The PDP claimed that the APC was planning to rig election. How can you rig an election that has not been conducted? This is a clear fact that the PDP was preparing for failure. The PDP has admitted its loss of the election even before the election is conducted,” he said.

Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of APC, said the PDP ruined the nation’s economy in 16 years, stressing that the current economic problems being experienced were caused by the PDP.

“Both Obasanjo and Jonathan did not remember the poor when they were in government, but Buhari places the poor above the rich through his people-oriented programmes.”

He alleged that the PDP believed that the government should be used as an avenue to enrich individuals, hence the claim by its presidential candidate, Atiku, that he will privatise the Nigeria National  Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu assured Buhari and the leadership of the APC that the state will vote APC.

“In 2015 when the state was not under the control of the APC, we won; how much more now that we are in control of the state. President Buhari should go and sleep as he is winning the election by the grace of God,” he said.

Other leaders at the rally were: Governors Gboyega Oyetola (Osun);  Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); APC Deputy National Chairman (South) Niyi Adebayo; Chief Bisi Akande  and  Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora.


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