The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised suspicion over the intent of the presidency on the comment that President Muhammadu Buhari would influence the masses during the 2023 general elections.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Tuesday said the PDP should wake up from the ‘falsehood’ that it would reclaim power in 2023, adding that there was no way that would happen.

Shehu had said that contrary to PDP’s belief that Buhari has lost popularity among Nigerians, the masses will trust Buhari for guidance on whom to vote for in 2023.

“We see PDP nursing the false hope of taking over power in 2023. The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership. I’m sure in 2023, they’re waiting for him to show the way,” the presidential aide had said.

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Replying to the presidency, Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, said Shehu’s comment only goes to indicate that the present administration is plotting to remain in power for a third term.

“Such statement by 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.

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,” the PDP said.

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To this end, the opposition party warned that any such action would be resisted.

The statement read in part; “The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says the assertion by the Buhari Presidency that Nigerians will be waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari “to show the way in 2023” has further heightened public apprehensions of self-succession plot by the cabal in the Presidency.

“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.

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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 conditions whatsoever.

“It is imperative for Shehu Garba to note that Nigerians have been subjected to the worst forms of hardship under the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration and will never allow anything that will keep this administration in office a day beyond May 29, 2023.”

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