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A former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh has said that he convinced President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest after 2011 elections.


Momoh defending Buhari’s declaration to seek reelection,  noted that the president never at any time promised to run for a single term.

It will be recalled that the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina earlier debunked reports that his principal pledged only one-term presidency.

Adesina speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday said Buhari was misquoted.

Also, Momoh, who was the national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), the party under which candidate Buhari contested the 2011 presidential election, said even if the president ever said so, he still had a right to change his mind as the constitution allowed him to seek re-election.

Momoh while speaking with Daily Independent in Abuja said what President Buhari declared after the 2011 presidential election was that he will not vie for the presidency again.

He stated that he, however, cautioned him against saying so, as only the party can decide his next line of action.

“Buhari never said he will only contest for a single term. The Buhari I know will never say so. In fact, he said he will not contest again after the 2011 election.

“I was the national chairman of CPC and I said, ‘Shut up! You are a member of CPC. It is the party that decides where you go to. You are only an individual and so, he bowed to the wishes of the party.

“So, he never said he will do a single term. But even if he said so, can he not change his mind? But I am saying that he didn’t say so. He is constitutionally qualified to contest twice,” Momoh said.



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