2023: Ethnic merchants behind Buhari's third term campaign, says Okechukwu

2023: Ethnic merchants behind Buhari's third term campaign, says Okechukwu

- The conversation about third term for Presient Muhammadu Buhari is still dominating the polity

- Despite the president's denial, some Nigerians still believe the rumour about the third term might be true

- An APC chieftain, Osita Okechukwu, has given his thoughts on the issue

Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has stated that those who are still alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is nursing a third term ambition after the president denied the rumour are mistaken.

Okechukwu, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the president is a stickler for due process and will not subvert the constitution for personal gains.

Despite Buhari’s denial, some Nigerians still don’t believe him especially against the backdrop of a suit by a chieftain of the APC in Ebonyi state urging the court to clear the way for the president and governors.

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Speaking during an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Okechukwu said: “President Muhammadu Buhari I know is a systems man. By this I mean he places public interest above self-interest.

“As he said, age is neither on his side nor the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

“We were taught in government class that there are two types of constitution, one rigid and one flexible and our constitution is rigid. Mr. President is very much aware of this and cannot, no matter the pressure, put Nigeria’s democracy in jeopardy.”

When reminded that the president didn’t keep to his pledge in 2011 when in tears he declared that would be his last attempt, Okechukwu said this scenario is different.

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“Please tell those pundits that the suit in Ebonyi is a fictional narrative and attention seeking by one Charles Enya.

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“Regrettably, it’s coming from a geopolitical zone where most Nigerian patriots reason that it is their turn to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.

“Accordingly, the suit is a kite being flown by some ethnic merchants with a view to distracting Ndigbo from their political destination. Mr. President, no doubt, has no linkage to it,” he said.

Recall that the APC had reacted to the purported case instituted by Enya, seeking an amendment of the constitution to allow President Buhari run for a third term in office.

The party which described Enya as charlatan, said it has commenced a process of identifying the said character with a view to expelling him from the party.

In a statement issued on Thursday, November 28, in Abuja, by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said it read with dismay in the media about a purported legal action seeking an amendment of the constitution.

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