The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has cautioned the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Presidency against purported plans to push a third term agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, it described the alleged plot as a dangerous underhand politics capable of derailing Nigeria’s democracy.
It also described the statements from the Presidency and the APC as unhealthy ploy to introduce a repugnant issue into official discourse in a bid to give it a life and achieve its fruition in the nation’s politics.
“It is preposterous for the Presidency cabal and the APC to think that Nigerians cannot see through their shenanigan to import and elevate what they labeled as rumour and internet-based gossip, into official national discourse.
“Our party notes that Nigerians will not be surprised when, after the statements by the Presidency and APC, new groups surfaced to orchestrate more forceful agitations in the public space for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution to achieve an ignoble aim,” Kola Ologbondiyan added.
The party urged President Muhammadu Buhari to speak out and immediately call his supporters to order as Nigerians would not allow anybody, no matter how highly placed, to alter any part of the constitution to serve a selfish interest.
The presidency has since denied the allegation.
Besides, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has sought the arrest and prosecution of campaigners and sponsors of third term for President Buhari because what they are advocating is treasonable and amounts to constitutional coup plotting.
HURIWA said any campaign sponsored by forces within the current government for the constitutional term limits for political office of President of Nigeria to be extended constituted an offence against the Nigerian people and capable of truncating constitutional democracy.
The group insisted that such moves should not be swept under the carpet or explained away through Presidential media propaganda.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group cited Chapter 6, Part 1, section 137(1)(b) of the Constitution, which provides that a person shall not be qualified for election to the office of president if he has been elected to the office at any two previous elections.