I will not violate Nigeria’s constitution with a third term bid, President Buhari says, as rumors widen

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday he will not seek a third term in office when his second term ends in 2023.

PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING ;  President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN and  APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019
PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING ;  President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN and  APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019

“I said you should read the Constitution because I am not going to make a mistake. Besides the age, I am not going to contest for third term because I will go by the Constitution. The Constitution says two-terms. I’m going to be frank here because I won’t be needing anybody’s vote,” President Buhari said during a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, according to several reports.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING 2 ;  President Muhammadu Buhari accompanied by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN in a handshake with President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan on arrival at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019

Mr. Buhari’s clarification came as rumors continue to spread he may seek a third term in office.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING 7. President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with  Yobe State Governor, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and SGF Mr Boss Mustapha at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019
PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING 7. President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with  Yobe State Governor, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and SGF Mr Boss Mustapha at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019

His denial was similar to the one former President Olusegun Obasanjo repeatedly issued in 2005 and 2006 even as he was actively seeking to prolong his stay in office.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING 3A;  President Muhammadu Buhari receives applause from  APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan and others at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019
PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS APC NEC MEETING 3A;  President Muhammadu Buhari receives applause from APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan and others at the APC NEC Meeting held at the Party Headquarters in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 22 2019
Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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