The Presidency has refuted reports which insinuate that President Goodluck Jonathan has intentions to extend his stay in office for an added period of two years. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, while addressing journalists in the State House, Abuja, stated that such reports were untrue, saying that opposition aspirants were spreading it to embarrass the President.
He stated, “We have read the news as published in Sahara Reporters that the president is trying to elongate his tenure through means other than democratic means and that he is trying to use the excuse of the insurgency in the North East as the basis for doing so.
“This type of falsehood is quite characteristics and is the hallmark of Sahara Reporters in particular. But still, in order that the world and Nigerians in particular are not misled, I want to state categorically here that there is no truth whatsoever in that statement. It is not true. There is nothing like that on the board and this is not the president that will do a thing like that.”
“There is no reason whatsoever for this president to do that. This is the same president as you must have recently heard, over 12million Nigerians have put their signatures to papers that he should come out and run. All the agencies and levels and stakeholders, authority in his party, the PDP, have endorsed him and they are actually asking him to come out and make a declaration and run. It is quite a logical thing to do because there is no reason why anybody should be thinking of changing a winning team.”
“The issue also is that ever as it is everywhere in the world, endorsement itself is not undemocratic. It is the normal pattern in democratic parlance that when you have a sitting president and he is interested in a re-run, usually, he is given the choice of first refusal. The president is yet to make public his desire but this news from Sahara Reporters is absolutely untrue, it is falsehood and we deny it in all its entirety. It’s part of the calculated attempt by the opposition to try and throw everything into the arena to embarrass this president,” Okupe added. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2