Obasanjo, Babangida cannot stop Buhari - Shittu

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"Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest for another term in office as president of Nigeria, the camps of alleged looters and corrupt elements within and outside the country have been jolted", a source said.

"And the other happened in 2011".

"And do you know that whenever the president reacted to these groups, he will pick every other thing he raised and he said the issue of a second term he will not say a word and that has been the past one year, these calls have started coming and he didn't say a word".

Buhari, who is now in London on a private visit, said there was no time he promised Nigerians that he would serve for only one term if elected as the country's president.

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President Buhari has the constitutional right to run again.

Before his victory in 2015, Buhari said he would contest for only one term due to his old age.

He cited an example of a former president of the country who equally failed to secure the votes in his state and region, but ended up winning the presidential election twice.

"President Muhammadu Buhari has brought something to this country that is different, and what he has brought to this country that is different is that his avowed commitment to "fight against corruption" is so fundamental that sometimes we lose the understanding of what it means", the APC spokesman said.

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"It was an orchestrated act of desperation and a ploy to blackmail and hoodwink the President from concentrating on his anti corruption campaign, which is fast gaining grounds locally and internationally", the source said.

Mr Shittu, who made the remarks on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said since the former Nigerian leaders "are not God, there should be no apprehension".

"We are happy and hoping that President Buhari should return to embark on infrastructural development since he has already retrieved a lot from looters", he was quoted to have said.

On his part, the APC spokesman said the President's declaration did not come as a surprise as many party leaders and members across the country have been appealing to him to make his intention known.

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