There has been speculations that the Senator representing Yobe North constituency, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who is reportedly set to become the next Senate President plans to effect a constitution amendment which will make president Buhari eligible to run for a third term as President, when he assumes office as Leader of the National Assembly.
Reacting to the rumours, Senator Lawan has denied making such plans as he tagged the reports as being fake.
The senator made this denial through a statement released by his spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi on Wednesday.
Speaking in the statement, Abdullahi said that the rumours were a part of the plot of the opposition to frustrate Senator Ahmad Lawan’s emergence as the Senate President of the 9th Assembly.
The statement read thus:
“This is just a very desperate attempt by detractors and some politicians who want to taint the good image of the Senate Leader, and the future Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
“When we (Senators) met the President two days ago, he (President) was very emphatic that he has stood for election five times, and this is his last.
“The President made it clear that he wants to retire quietly to his home, on the basis of which he is going to work very hard these four years since Nigerians have given him this opportunity, to leave a lasting legacy behind.
“The President’s statement clearly shows that he is a full democrat who knows that our constitution only provides for second term which he has gotten, and for which he is grateful to Nigerians.
“Therefore, to come back to say that Senator Ahmad Lawan will amend the constitution to keep him in office beyond 2023 is just the height of evil thinking and bad politics taken too far.
“The public should discountenance that and focus on supporting a very genuine and transparent process that will lead to the emergence of our own choice leaders as Senators-elect when the 9th Senate unveils.” He said.