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Tinubu remains Buhari’s candidate – Presidency

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The Presidency, on Friday, said there are no plans by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to extend his tenure beyond May 29, 2023, or install an interim government.

“Let us clearly, specifically, and emphatically state that there is absolutely no truth to the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is working towards an interim government or even worse, the truncation of democracy,” a statement signed by Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, read on Friday.

The statement is titled, ‘Stop the joke about interim government, elections will hold.’

Shehu said, “The President looks forward to handing over the reins of power to his elected successor. This will happen on May 29, 2023, as the Constitution requires.

“What should be made crystal clear to the doubters and the speculators and the untruth-tellers is that in no way was the naira swap ‘engineered’ to keep the President in office beyond May 29. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The presidency stated this while responding to claims by some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress that Buhari’s insistence on the new naira policy was to trigger chaos that would necessitate the imposition of an interim government.

In his 7am broadcast on Thursday, the President declared that only old N200 notes would be valid until April 10.

N500 and N1000 notes, he said, must be returned to the CBN on or before February 17.

In separate interviews, Governors Nasir El-Rufai and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kaduna and Kano states, respectively, claimed that the policy would lead to more crises that would hinder elections and usher in an interim government.

They also argued that the new naira policy, which had sparked pockets of protests and riots nationwide, was a plot to make the APC unpopular and thwart the chances of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

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