APC debunks Buhari’s third term ambition, says president will leave in 2023

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari is pursuing a “self-succesion” plan.

The APC National Secretary, John Akpan Udoedehe, reaffirmed in a statement on Thursday that the President will leave office once his term ends in 2023, while condemning the unintended interpretations in some sections of the media.

“Our statement is simple and straightforward. President Buhari has no third term ambition, a position he has personally reiterated,” he said.

The APC scribe said in accordance with internal democracy, the selection process for the APC presidential flagbearer in 2023 will follow the provisions of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

According to Udoedehe, the APC Constitution and the approved party guidelines for the nomination of candidates will be respected.

He said APC rules provide that party candidates in all elections emerge through democratically conducted primary elections or where possible, consensus.

“The misleading interpretations given the earlier statement, particularly conspiracies aimed at senior party leaders and their perceived presidential ambitions, are unnecessary and misplaced.

“The APC leadership will not impose any candidates in the leadup to Congresses, National Convention and the 2023 General Elections,” he said.

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