The People Democratic Party, PDP has said that if the statement credited to Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity that ”Buhari constitutes a political obstacle they cannot dismantle come 2023, means third term agenda, it would be firmly resisted by Nigerians.
Shehu had on Tuesday in Katsina said: “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.
‘’We believe the PDP and other opposition parties are nursing false hopes of taking power come 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 do what he has been building for the country in terms of infrastructure and the wellbeing of young people in the country.
“Nobody will take the risk by inviting another party to come and take over in 2023,” he said.
But PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in his reaction said: “Such statement by the Presidency, which is in its last lap of the second and final tenure in office, is not only provocative but also smacks of plots to derail our constitutional democratic order.
“Perhaps the comment by the Buhari Presidency explains why there has been a heavy onslaught against our institutions of democracy as well as the Electoral Act.”
According to him, the PDP and the majority of Nigerians across the board and party lines “are issuing a stern warning to the President’s handlers” to note that such plots cannot stand as they will be firmly resisted by Nigerians.