Following the backlash orchestrated by recent reports quoting a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Robert Clarke as calling for a tenure extension for President Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has asserted that the Nigerian leader will complete his term and vacate his seat in 2023 – as stipulated by the law.
Newsbreak reports that this was as the APC on Monday inaugurated its 61-member Ekiti state Governorship Campaign Council.
Clarke had in a recent interview declared as erroneous, the belief that the President cannot stay in office for more than eight years.
However, speaking while inaugurating the council, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu dismissed concerns about any planned tenure elongation.
Adamu said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is at the beginning of his trip out of the Presidential Villa. He made no secret of it. He is a man of honour, he seeks no extension. He made it public in this very hall that used to be our National Executive Committee NEC meeting hall. He said it that he has been elected for a second time. He is under oath as president to protect and preserve the Nigerian Constitution.
“The Nigerian Constitution has given him two terms of four years each. He has started his second term and at the end of it, he does not intend to, and will not ask for anybody to ask for a third term or any elongation of tenure.”