Over some weeks now there have been speculations of President Buhari going for a 3rd term as president and some have even gone as far as printing posters, shirts and digital pamphlets tagged "Next Next Level". This has sparked mixed reactions as some support this new development while others have rebuked this saying it is unconstitutional.
The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole has reacted to talks of the 3rd term agenda and as expected he accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sparking such rumours.
President Buhari while giving his New Year Speech to Nigerians also refuted such rumours of him going for a 3rd term as President.
After a closed-door meeting with President Buhari on Thursday 2nd January 2020, Oshiomole addressed state house correspondents, he said that PDP are trying to subconsciously create more chaos in the political space by spreading rumours of Buhari 3rd term.
“It is still in the sub-consciousness of most Nigerians that the first (sic) Nigerian President tried to do Third Term, emptied the treasury to bribe members of the National Assembly and since that President left, thanks to the National Assembly, no other next President has done eight years in office. You can recall that President Yar’Adua unfortunately has since joined his ancestors, and President Jonathan did six years and so by the special grace of God, this President (Buhari) whom we pray will do his eight years complete in line with the provision of the constitution.
“And because there is a level of idleness within a section of the political class people can sponsor all kinds of publications and to give doubt whether or not the President is planning to stay longer. And I think it is his decision that at every interval he needs to remind Nigerians that he is not about to do what a PDP President did. For me it is necessary and in any case it costs us nothing to reassure us that `I am leaving.’’
Using the opportunity, Oshimole also reacted to chants by some party members calling for his resignation from office as party chairman. The former governor of Edo state said:
“It’s a tree that bears fruits that attracts stone. You hardly see people throwing stone at a dry tree palm tree. But if you see a mango tree when it is its season, people throw stones at it when passing.
I think that is my lot but my report card is also very very clear. You my comrades (media) should also help in interrogating the process, how a performance of a National Working Committee of a political part should be evaluated? But I think the evaluation should start mostly, how many elections did you lose, or lost.
Last week we saw the British Labour Party Leader that he accepts responsibility for the crushing defeat that the Labour Party suffered under his leadership, he offered in principle having accept responsibility, will not lead the party in the next election, so he is going to resign because under his leadership the party was rejected by the British electorate.
In my own case, and I challenge a nyone to say that any of these things are not true. We the executive members of the party were sworn in on the June 3, 2018, at about 6 p.m. Two weeks later, we went to Ekiti to contest election against a PDP incumbent governor Fayose and we won. Kayode Fayemi today is the governor of that state.
Few months later, we went to Osun State, we contested a by-election, we won and we had the Osun State governor elected for his first term. Then we went for the national elections, you know all the tensions in the country at the time.
The gap between President Buhari and the former candidate of the PDP Abubakar Atiku was about four million voters. The one between President Buhari and former President Jonathan in 2015 was about three million.
So under my leadership this President has more votes than the first runner-up, we would like to claim credit for that because if it went the other way so we would be crucified."