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2023: PDP raises alarm, says Presidency’s comment smacks of self-succession plot ‘by Aso Rock cabal’

*Garba Shehu: Opposition nursing false hope, should forget about winning 2023 election

From NDUKAIHE UGWU, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted Nigerians to what the former national ruling party described as possible self-succession plot by “the  cabal in the Presidency,” in the  assertion by the Presidency that Nigerians would be waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari “to show the way in 2023.”

Speaking yesterday in Daura, Katsina State, shortly after observing the Eid-El-Kabir prayers in President Buhari’s hometown, Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had told the PDP to forget about winning the 2023 general elections “because the masses adore President Muhammadu Buhari and will never abandon him.”

’’The President enjoys unshakable support not only in his hometown but also across the country and it is enough for the opposition to admit that the President matters a lot for the ruling party and Nigerians in general. Again he constitutes a political obstacle they cannot dismantle come 2023,” Shehu had declared, adding: ‘’We believe the PDP and other opposition parties are nursing false hopes of taking power comes 2023.

“The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership and the APC. I assure you that in 2023, the masses will be waiting for the President to show the way in courtesy of what he has been building for the country in terms of infrastructure and wellbeing of young people in the country. “Nobody will take the risk by inviting another party to come and take over in 2023.”

But, the PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the statement  smacked of “a sinister plot” to derail the country’s constitutional democratic order.

Stating that Nigerians were jolted to hear presidential  spokesman, Shehu Garba, publicly announce that President Buhari “constitutes a political obstacle” which those seeking to succeed him come 2023 “cannot dismantle,” the PDP wondered whether the “revealing mindset” would explain the “onslaught against  institutions of democracy and the Electoral Act” by the ruling APC.

“Our party and indeed the majority of Nigerian across board and even across party lines caution President Buhari’s handlers to note that such plots cannot stand as it will be firmly resisted by the people,” the PDP warned.

“Shehu Garba should be bold enough to announce that President Buhari will be on the ballot for another term in 2023 and watch how Nigerians will respond.

“The 1999 Constitution (as amended) is clear on the tenure of office of the President and such cannot be extended under any guise or conditions whatsoever.

“It is imperative for Shehu Garba to note that Nigerians have been subjected to the worst forms of hardship under the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration and will never allow anything that will keep this administration in office a day beyond May 29, 2023.”

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