Lawal-Yahaya Gumau, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday's (today) Bauchi South senatorial district bye-election, has vowed to ensure the amendment of the constitution in order to make President Muhammadu Buhari president for life, if elected.
Speaking at the close of his campaign on Thursday, Gumau said his major mandate if elected into the upper chamber would be to protect the interest of President Buhari, the Punch reports.
Gumau, who currently represents Toro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, noted that unlike the abortive third term bid of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, President Buhari's integrity puts him in good stead to govern Nigeria for a long time to the country's benefit.
He said Obasanjo failed at his attempt because lacked the sincerity and, therefore, failed to get the support of Nigerians.
He said, “I, Lawal-Yahaya Gumau, want you to know that the mandate that will be given to me on Saturday is to go and protect Buhari’s interest in the Senate. This is the only mandate that I will be going to the Senate with, having fulfilled every other mandate to the best of my ability while in the House of Representatives for eight years.
“By God’s grace, we will amend Nigeria’s Constitution to allow Buhari to be President for the remaining years of his life. He will only cease to be President when God takes his life.
“Obasanjo tried all his best for the constitution to be amended to allow him go for a third term, but God didn’t approve of it because of its lack of sincerity. What is now needed in Nigeria is to protect Buhari’s interest and that is what we will do.”
Abdul’aziz Yari, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, who led three other governors of Plateau (Simon Lalong), Kebbi (Atiku Bagudu) and Jigawa (Badaru Abubabakar) States to the campaign, implored the candidates to vote for the candidate endorsed by the President.
The by-election is to fill the seat made vacant by the death of Senator Ali Wakili, who died in March at the age of 58.