President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has described as a ‘misquote’ the report that President Muhammadu Buhari had pledged only one term presidency and will never seek re-election in view of his age status.
President Buhari, 75, had on Monday shortly before he left for London, declared his intention to run for presidential election in 2019.
Adesina, who is currently on the entourage of the president to London, was reacting to a contributor on Channel television programme via Skype, on Tuesday.
Yemi Akinbode, who contributed to the programme, said he was not surprised by the president’s declaration in spite of his pledge in 2014 not to seek re-election.
He said: “No, that’s misquote, he was never, never quoted that way.
“If there is anything on record like that is a misquote because I was with him in South Africa when that issue came when he said, oh, he wished he had become president at the time he was a military governor that he would have done a lot for Nigeria.
“And the other happened in 2011. When he was running in 2011 he said, yes he would be a president for one term. But did he win in that year, no.
“The victory came in 2015. So, that being quoted in 2011 is not applicable again because he did not win that year.’’
Akinbode said: “It didn’t come as a surprise to me. We have seen indications that the president was going to run a long time ago.
“The president in 2014 said that he was only going to run for one term because of his age.’’
But the presidential aide maintained that it was not on record that Buhari had told the leadership of the All Progressives Congress or any member of the party that he would do only one term in office.
The Eagle Online