By Ibrahim Sadiq – December 23, 2019
The presidency has attacked prominent human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) over his suggestion that President Muhammadu Buhari may likely pursue a third term agenda.
President Buhari for the umpteenth time said there was no veracity in the allegation, saying that there were no circumstances under which he may seek for the amendment of the constitution to accommodate third term bid.
In a statement in Abuja on Monday, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), accused Falana of joining publicity-hungry individuals who he said are claiming that Buhari is angling for tenure elongation.
The statement read: “The popularly acclaimed human rights lawyer and formerly unsuccessful opposition candidate for governor of Ekiti state, Femi Falana, has boarded the free-publicity train, full of those seeking personal media attention in claiming the president is planning a third term in office.
“To reiterate, the President reminds all of those who wish it were otherwise, whether because they want a third term, or because they seek to make false claims for the purposes of their own publicity of the statement made on 2nd October 2019, which is repeated in full, below:
‘The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and uninformed 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.
“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”.
Shehu in the statement said “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.”
“The President will have nothing more to say on this matter – apart from to repeat this statement, ad infinitum – that he will not be seeking, accepting, nor standing for a third term.”