May 29, 2023, remains sacrosanct – Presidency

The Presidency has dismissed Chief Roberts Clarke’s call for the extension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration by six months.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He restated that Buhari would hand over to democratically elected winners of the forthcoming 2023 general elections by May 29.

The statement read in part: ”In response to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria’s recent remarks, the Presidency wishes to state as follows:

”Chief Robert Clarke, a very well-respected elder may be sincere in his wish for the President to extend his term by six months.

”We wish to categorically restate that the President will step down on May 29th, 2023, after serving two terms – as per the constitution.

”Having been the first recipient of a democratic transfer of power from an incumbent administration to an opposition candidate in Nigerian history, the President is committed to extending and entrenching democratic values across the country.

”He shall, in turn, have the privilege of serving the people of Nigeria to whomever they choose through free, fair, and credible elections.”



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