Presidency Reacts To El-Rufa Alleged Plot Of An Interim Gov, Insist Elections Would Hold
The Presidency has reacted to reports of an allegation that a cabal around President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting the failure of the 2023 general elections.
The alleged plot was dismissed in a statement on Friday issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The presidency said President Buhari will not be associated with anything contrary to sustaining democracy, even as it insists that the 2023 general election would hold as scheduled.
The reaction follows an allegation made by the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa, who claimed in an interview with an online news platform that a cabal around President Buhari was plotting the failure of the general elections.
Nasir El-Rufa alleged that those he described as non-state actors were hoping to make the system fail, and they are those who failed to pick the ruling All Progressives Congress’ presidential ticket for Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele and Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
The presidency has however called such claims of an interim government a joke that should be stopped.
While assuring Nigerians that the elections would hold as planned the presidency submitted that “Elections, just a week ahead, will hold and Nigerians will vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, (and any others if they so wish) on the basis of their choice.
“Our people want progress, good governance, law and order and will not be swayed by the negative energy that is being expended against a well-meaning currency change.
Finally, to state that: the President clearly has a favoured successor in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is not in doubt.
“The fact that Tinubu has been opposed to the speed and timing of the Naira swap timetable does not mean he is against the idea of Nigeria becoming a cashless society. Of course, Tinubu does support a cashless society: for he is a man of the future.
“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 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 it.
“The days of unelected Nigerian leaders, and those who outstay their welcome by unconstitutionally extending it, have gone.
“The talk of an interim government and truncation of democracy is way off the mark. Those who peddle it stand to gain nothing- nothing at all -but the creation of panic and the incitement of the public against the federal government.
“It is another dangerous dimension by people who are afraid that they may lose their elections.”