APC: Give Us Buhari! By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jnr.
Country people, prior to the June 21st governorship election in Ekiti State, APC foot-soldiers were cajoling the general public, arguing that giving Ayo Fayose the governorship ticket of the PDP is an automatic way of handling Dr. Fayemi an easy-ride second term tenure. As a product of the APC’s constituency, I played along. I knew APC’ rooting for Fayose was a ground gimmick to cajole the PDP.
My core-APC friends were rooting for Ayo Fayose, thinking that the PDP would give its ticket to another Aspirants whom would have been well-walloped by Governor Kayode Fayemi. Fayose was APC’s headache. The APC strategy failed in Ekiti State as the PDP refused to be wheedled.
Now, as the 2015 Presidential Election is gathering momentum, the core PDP supporters are at the moment, rooting for the candidature of General Muhammadu Buhari, stating confidently that the pride of Duara is the easiest for Jonathan to maul if presented by the APC.
Country people, It’s all lie! It’s a strategy to confuse the APC. If the APC want to have a good show in 2015, I am of the opinion that only Buhari have the character and pedigree to deliver. Take for instance, the total votes that will come from the whole of South-South and South Eastern Nigeria for Jonathan can not more than what Buhari will garner from Kano, Jigawa and Sokoto States respectively.
I give Imo to Jonathan, but with Okorocha, it won’t be a landslide like 2011 for the PDP. Same in Rivers and Edo. Jonathan will win but won’t be as much as 2011 figure.
Buhari’s age? Of course, Buhari is aged! However, it is necessary to remind Nigerians that the hero of virtually all African democrats, Nelson Mandela was older than Buhari when he successfully governed South Africa.
It is also germane to expressly state that Jerry Rawlings was Buhari’s age-mate when he meritoriously served the people of Ghana.
Lastly, without being sensational, today, I can confidently avow that the only Political leader that can stand on the streets of Kano, Dutse, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Damaturu, Zamfara, Lafia, Minna and within a twinkle of an eye, more than 2million electorates will surround him is General Mohammadu Buhari! Yes, he is!
In 2015, the alternative to General Buhari is the continuity of President Goodluck Jonathan. If the APC can’t present Buhari, that means myself and my Family, God willing, will openly campaign and vote for the continuity of President Goodluck Jonathan.
To me, aside Buhari, none of those interested in Jonathan’s job at the moment fair better than him.
In GMB I trust!
Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye,
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