APC Ready to Restore Sanity in the Country – Buhari
But 12 hours earlier, the APC was expressing optimism that it would take over the reins of government in 2015 at a special dinner organized by the Progressive Governors Forum in Abuja to support the candidate of the party for the Anambra governorship poll, Senator Chris Ngige.
Former head of state and leader of the party, General Mohammadu Buhari reminded the party faithful of the great task ahead of them and lamented the situation the country was pushed into by the leadership of the PDP since 1999 and called on them to forget their differences and wrestle the power from the PDP.
“Our aim is to stop the drift and slide to chaos. Our vision is to get our acts together, pull the country together, select the very best and most capable people to manage our affairs and our resources so that in due course, we will bring Nigeria out of conflict and poverty into peace and prosperity.
“We should make no mistake that this is an historic occasion and we are living in historic times. Our dear country is undergoing realignment, a re-configuration and a re-positioning of political forces. We are witnessing a landslide or a political earthquake of epic proportions. Old alliances are being questioned; new alliances are being forged.
“Nigerians, old and young, men and women, politicians and non-politicians are watching with great expectations that this movement will turn Nigeria around. Our neighbours in the West Africa sub-region are anxiously watching and hoping that this may be the time when Nigeria will, at last get its act together and provide leadership and direction for the African continent.”
Speaking further, he said, “The international community is equally watching to see if this potentially sizeable security and trading partner called Nigeria can pull herself together and play her proper role in world affairs.”
The former presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change traced the crises in the polity to the adventure of PDP to power in 1999 and passed a vote of no confidence on the Presidency. He said it was this that led the opposition to team up and fight the ruling party.
“These doubts and uncertainties we find ourselves is causing everyone to scratch his or her head for solutions are as a result of extreme bad government at the centre since 1999. The Federal Government is clueless with no direction; speaking from both sides of its mouth; looking both ways at once and missing the point almost every time.
This is the background and rationale for the merger of opposition political parties. The trigger is persistent election rigging. Elections since 2003 have been massively rigged”.
Speaking on the proposed national confab, Buhari described it as a joker thrown into the political arena by the government. He argued that there was nothing wrong basically in dialogue but “the snag is whether the conference has been conceived in good faith or not” adding “we in APC think not. We suspect it is an attempt to muddle the waters, to befuddle the issues and to mask the failures of a clueless government.”
Speaking at the same occasion, former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu tasked the APC leaders to rise up to the occasion by teaming up and mounting pressure on the PDP government and wresting power from them. According to him; “power is not served as a dinner, you have to go for it”.
He said:”We must rise up and challenge the ruling party. Enough of impunity, whatever we must do to assist the National Assembly in its attempt to remove some obnoxious sections of the Electoral Act must be done. We must rescue Nigeria from these people. If Nigeria must survive, we have a work to do. We must serve them before they serve us.”
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