President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday vowed not to seek a third term, amid concerns that he was being primed to take the step.
Speaking at the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, said his tenure was restricted to only two terms and so he would not take any step to prolong it.
“I’m not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term. Besides the age, the constitution makes provision for only two terms,” he said.
He advised members of the party to dominate their constituencies politically to prevent the collapse of the party after his exit.
In what amounted to a skip, Buhari said he could afford to be “reckless,” since he would not be seeking a fresh election.
The comment has attracted a huge backlash, with Nigerians wondering what he is up to.
This is in the light of desperate attempts by the National Assembly to pass a widely rejected social media bill.
The bill passed through second reading in the Senate on Thursday and coincided with a comment by the president, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, that the red chamber would gladly accede to any request from Buhari since it would be in the interest of the nation.
Also at the NEC meeting, Buhari said he had directed the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole to end his rift with Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and ensure no effort is slated to help him secure a second term.