The All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari has no plans for a third term or succession, as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed (PDP).
Senator John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker, and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), stated this in an Abuja statement on Thursday.
Mr. Akpanudoedehe had previously stated that the party will choose a consensual and agreeable presidential candidate to run for the presidency in 2023, in response to the PDP’s claim that Buhari had a succession plan.
He said it was unfortunate that the APC’s earlier statement, countering the PDP false allegation, was being twisted and given 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.
“In adherence to internal democracy, when the time comes to elect the APC 2023 presidential flag bearer and other party candidates, the process will be in full compliance with the provisions of the 1999 amended Nigerian Constitution, the APC Constitution and the approved party guidelines.
“For clarity, the APC Constitution provides that party candidates in all elections emerge through democratically conducted primary elections or where possible, consensus,” he said.
He added that the misleading interpretations given to the party’s earlier statement was a conspiracy targeting senior APC leaders and their perceived 2023 presidential ambitions.