seeking a third term in office.
He recalled that the President had vehemently opposed the third term
agenda of one of his predecessors some years ago.
Tinubu, who visited President Buhari on Tuesday, stated this while
addressing State House correspondents in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“I was in the struggle for democracy,” said the former Lagos State
He added, “I was in opposition to a third term agenda of a former leader
of this country, with Muhammadu Buhari, Mr President; I know he will
The APC chieftain, however, urged Nigerians to believe in the President
whom he said would never have any thought of seeking re-election as
President in the 2023 general elections.
He stressed that President Buhari would not be interested in extending
his tenure in office after 2023, even if it was offered to him.
Tinubu said, “He (Buhari) has the courage and the character to refuse
such a temptation, even if offered to him. I believe in him and I
believe Nigerians should believe in him.”
Tinubu’s reaction is the latest among many others over allegations that
the President was nursing a third term agenda.
Addressing a meeting of the APC National Executive Council (NEC) in
November 2019, President Buhari dismissed the claims.
He told party leaders at the gathering in Abuja that he could afford to
be reckless because he had no plans to remain in power after the 2023
In its reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party said “the issue of third
term is a dead-end” and asked the President to end all attempts to bring
the issue of running for another term in 2023 to public discourse.
It, however, advised the President to address the issue of violence
during elections in the country.