The Presidency has responded to reports claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had stated that he would not cede power to the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, come May 29, 2023.
Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, claimed that the allegation was a creation of the purveyors and that Nigerians shouldn’t take it seriously.
In a statement on Friday, March 24, 2023, Shehu made this claim. He also denounced the “fake news brigade” for attributing and spreading fake news.
The statement partly read: “How can you vigorously campaign for somebody, vote for him and then say you won’t hand over to him? This beggars belief.
“The situation is pretty pathetic since their ownership is politically partisan in today’s politics, in fact a loser in the presidential election. Instead of talking about issues, they repeatedly sell lies in the hope that people believe them as truth.
“The government is already in transition phase. The Transition Committee, made up of representatives of the outgoing administration and the incoming one is meeting on an almost daily basis planning the handover to the Tinubu/Shettima administration. Thirteen committees as offshoots of the main committee, some, to arrange military drills and pulling out of President Buhari, are either all at work or soon to be. So far, everything is going very well and there is no indication of any hitches.
“As for the President, the Daura community has begun their preparations to receive their son back after the successful administration of the country for two terms of eight years. He, for his part, is eager to return home to enjoy his retirement.”
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