Oshiomole dismisses condemnations of president Buharis third term agenda
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday dismissed the condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s repeated denials of third term agenda, describing the president’s persistent reassurance as strategic.
Oshiomole, while answering questions from State House reporters after leading members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on a new year visit to the president said, contrary to the criticism of Buhari’s new year message, which reassured Nigerians that he would not seek a third term in office, such a repeated denial was necessary because the earlier attempt by a former president for a third term remained in the sub-conscious of Nigerians.
He accused the former president, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of emptying the treasury to pursue his third term agenda. The chairman also dismissed calls for his resignation, describing them as unnecessary, as he also chronicled his achievement right from assumption of office.
He said: “I think that is what the president’s New Year message sought to do, and I am surprised to see that there are people who begin to wonder why the president should reassure Nigerians that he is not going to do third term in office because third term was planted by PDP.
“It is still in the sub-conscious of most Nigerians that the first Nigerian president that tried to do third term emptied the treasury to bribe members of the National Assembly and since that president left, thanks to the National Assembly, no other next president has done eight years in office.
“You can recall that President (Umaru) Yar’Adua unfortunately has since joined his ancestors, and President Goodluck Jonathan did six (five) years and so, by the special grace of God, this president (Buhari), we pray, will do his eight years in line with the provision of the constitution; and because there is a level of idleness within a section of the political class, people can sponsor all kinds of publications to give doubt on whether or not the president is planning to stay longer.
“I think it is his decision that at every interval, he needs to remind Nigerians that he is not about to do what a PDP president did. For me, it is necessary and in any case, it costs us nothing to reassure us that I am leaving.”