Buhari Will Make Himself Available for Election in 2015 – CPC
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Tuesday said that Former Head of States and presidential candidate on the platform of CPC in the 2011 election, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) is not giving up on his quest to rule the nation, saying that he would give it a try come 2015 election.
“It is not true that Gen. Buhari is stepping down. He will make himself available for the 2015 election if he is accepted by the new arrangement. If he is not accepted, he is a democrat, he will not force himself on the party,” the spokesman for CPC, Rotimi Fashakin asserted.
According to Fashakin, the one-time All Nigeria Peoples Party presidential candidate was electable and that the CPC wanted him to run for the highest seat come 2015.
The CPC, ANPP, Action Congress of Nigeria and the All Progressives Grand Alliance are currently engaged in a merger talk and had since declared that All Progressives Congress is the new platform under which they intend to contest.
The merging parties said, it would provide a strong platform with which they will confront the ruling Peoples Democratic Party that has monopolised power at the centre since the return of democracy in 1999.
Fashakin said Buhari would be accepted by the APC because of his high electoral value.
He said, “Many people do not understand the average Northerner. The preponderance of these people is in rural areas. These are people Gen. Buhari is popular with. The general belief is that Gen. Buhari is adjudged as a leader.
“There are not many of these northern elements that have the kind of popularity that Gen. Buhari has. The electoral value of Gen. Buhari is never in doubt. It is a fact. He has created a niche for himself.”
Explaining why the CPC wanted Buhari to contest the 2015 poll, Fashakin said the former Head of State would provide transparent leadership for the country.
“The truth of the matter is that Buhari is a man with amazing and remarkable character. He is a dependable leader in terms of service delivery,” he said.At the meeting, which held in the Lagos Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, were Geidam, Almakura, Yari, Okorocha, Oshiomhole, Fayemi, Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo; Babatunde Fashola, Lagos; Rauf Aregbesola, Osun; and Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun.
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