By Joshua Elekwachi, Abuja
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of self-succession plan as 2023 general election draws nearer.
The party in reacting to recent comment by Buhari’s aide, Shehu Garba said “the assertion by the Buhari Presidency that Nigerians will be waiting for Buhari ‘to show the way in 2023’ has further heightened public apprehension of self-succession plot by the cabal in the Presidency.
“Nigerians were jolted when President Buhari’s spokesman, Shehu Garba, publicly announced in Daura, Mr. President’s hometown, that Buhari ‘constitutes a political obstacle’ which those who seek to succeed him, come 2023 “‘cannot dismantle.’”
The National Publicity, (PDP) Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement explained that “the Presidency, which is in its last lap of the second and final tenure in office, is not only provocative but also smacks of plots to derail our constitutional democratic order.”
According to him, “Perhaps the comment by the Buhari Presidency explains why there have been heavy onslaught against our institutions of democracy as well as the Electoral Act.”
He boasted the party will resist every attempt by the president to prolong his tenure saying ,“Our party and indeed the majority of Nigerian across board and even across party lines caution President Buhari’s handlers to note that such plots cannot stand as it will be firmly resisted by the people.
“Shehu Garba should be bold enough to announce that President Buhari will be on the ballot for another term in 2023 and watch how Nigerians will respond.
“The 1999 Constitution (as amended) is clear on the tenure of office of the President and such cannot be extended under any guise or condition whatsoever.
“It is imperative for Shehu Garba to note that Nigerians have been subjected to the worst forms of hardship under the Buhari-led APC administration and will never allow anything that will keep this administration in office a day beyond May 29, 2023.”