The presidency has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to forget returning to power in 2023.
This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers on Tuesday in Daura, Katsina State.
He said, “The President enjoys unshakable support, not only in his hometown but also across the country. It is enough for the opposition to admit that the president matters lot for the ruling party and Nigerians in general. Again, he constitutes a political obstacle they cannot dismantle in 2023.
“We believe the PDP and other opposition parties are nursing false hopes of taking over power in 2023.
“The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I assure you that in 2023, the masses will be waiting for the President to show the way in courtesy of what he has been building for the country, in terms of infrastructure and wellbeing for young people in the country.
“Nobody will take the risk by inviting another party to take over in 2023.”
Reacting, PDP said the presidency’s assertion that Nigerians would be waiting for President Buhari “to show the way in 2023” had further heightened public apprehension of self-succession plot by what the party called “the cabal” in the presidency.
The party’s spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan said Nigerians were jolted when Garba publicly announced in Daura that President Buhari “constitutes a political obstacle” which those who seek to succeed him in 2023 “cannot dismantle”.