The main opposition party in Nigeria the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the myth that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) will spend only one term in office if won the presidenntial poll on March 28th.
The party said that the rumours were created by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC commented on the situation in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
He said: ”The APC will not abridge the right of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to spend the constitutionally-guaranteed two terms as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if elected in the March 28th poll.
”No conditionality whatsoever was attached to Gen. Buhari’s candidacy. He won the party primaries fair and square in a globally-acclaimed transparent manner, and he was neither a compromise nor a consensus candidate, hence there is no need for him to make a deal with anyone.
The party decided to put the record straight once and for all after those who were considered to be saner elements in the ruling party began emulating the same disbelieving myths.
”This myth that Buhari will spend one term, after which power will return to the South-west, is along the same line as the outlandish claim that our Vice Presidential Candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has sworn to an oath to resign in favour of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu once elected.
”The question to ask is: When will the PDP stop this campaign of calumny and character assassination against our candidates and leaders? When will they stop this one-day, one-lie nonsense?
”The truth is that Gen. Buhari’s candidacy has brought out the worst in the PDP leadership and supporters, including Mr. President and his wife. Unfortunately for them, the more they campaign against our candidate, the more popular he becomes. Perhaps the PDP would have stood a better chance of winning the forthcoming polls if its State Governors, in particular, have devoted as much time and energy to running their states as they have devoted to maligning Gen. Buhari,”Lai Mohammed said.
During the pre-electoral campaign in 2011 Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will not seek a second term in office if he wins elections. But now he is seeking re-election and wants to endure his tenure.