The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the “cabal” in the Presidency against plots to push a third term agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari.
PDP in a statement Wednesday by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the alleged move as a dangerous underhand politics capable of “derailing our democracy and destabilizing our nation.”
The presidency had, however, denied such reports claiming it had plans to amend the constitution regarding the two-term limit for presidents which would enable Buhari seek a third term in office.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had dismissed the rumour in a statement on Tuesday night, stating that Buhari was a democrat who respected the constitution and would never support any activity aimed at altering it.
The opposition party nonetheless said it was ridiculous for the “Presidency cabal and the APC to think that Nigerians could not see through their shenanigan to import and elevate what they labelled as rumor and internet-based gossip, into official national discourse.
“Our party notes that Nigerians will not be surprised when, after the statements by the Presidency and APC, new groups surface to orchestrate more forceful agitations in the public space for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution to achieve an ignoble aim.
“We, however, caution the Presidency and the APC to note that Nigerians are already aware of individuals and political interests in the Presidency cabal in addition to known APC agents who are behind the street demonstrations for a third term for President Buhari.
“The party invites Nigerians to note how, having been busted, the presidency cabal and the APC are now groping for ways to cover their trails by making frivolous allegations which directly point back to them.”
The party, therefore, urged Buhari to personally speak out and immediately call his supporters to order as Nigerians would never allow anybody, no matter how highly placed, to alter any part of our constitution to serve a selfish interest.
PDP maintained that had become necessary in view of the series of “constitutional violations and provocative undermining of our laws by the APC and power mongers in the Buhari Presidency.”
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