I Won’t Support One Party State- Buhari…Orders Security Details To Obey Traffic Rules
President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his government will not betray them, saying 2015 will go down in the political history of Nigeria as a glorious year. Buhari who spoke today in Abuja when he received a delegation from Taraba state led by the APC governorship candidate, Senator Aisha Alhassan said the Nigerian people sacrificed a lot to achieve the success currently being celebrated across the country.
While acknowledging the fact that some people lost in the process, the President-elect said “We will never betray the people because they have risked everything. Some even lost their lives in the struggle to make sure that APC succeed and that we have a leadership in place that they trust. That is what multi party democracy is all about”.
He also assured that he will form a broad based government saying “I assure you that the government of the APC, when eventually put in place will be a competent Nigerian government”.
Explaining while he believes in multi partly democracy, Buhari said “I will tell you what made me a multi party democrat. In 1991, after coming out of detention, I was sitting at home and the Soviet Union collapsed. They were the world power fighting the western world. In technology, they were the first to go to space in 19567 and they had more intercontinental war heads than NATO. They had more sophisticated weapons, but something happened. There was confusion and everybody went there.
“Today, there are 18 countries in the former Soviet Union. That was when I believed that multi party democratic system is a superior form of governance and that is why I joined democracy. We have made a big stride this year and I assure you God willing, if we survive the next four years, Nigerians will be in a position to confidently raise their head up and elect their own representatives and leaders.
“They will choose those they want as their representatives from local government, states and to the centre. I will fight for free, fair and credible election because that is why I remained in politics. I thank you very much for the sacrifices you have made to make sure we succeeded”.
Gen. Buhari said further told the delegation that “I think that 2015 will go down in Nigerian political history as a glorious year. Nigerians have deliberately understood what is multi party democracy. But we thank God for technology-PVC and card reader.
“If not this luck we had with technology and the insistence of constituencies to make sure they are used, in two political zones where they were subverted, the people wanted to vote, but hey were not allowed to vote. They continued with what they used to do, sat in their party offices or their seating rooms, write the results, go to radio house and television house and announce the result and say whoever does not want the result should go to court.
“How many people can go to court when they are struggling to get the next day’s meal. Where will they get the millions to give to those Senior Advocates of Nigeria. I was able to do it because of the goodwill of Nigerians.
“People agreed that I am not a very rich man, but I was lucky that Nigerians believe in me and they put their strength together, voted and made sure that their votes count. I say thanks to the technology. Please continue to support those among you that you feel will go and work for your state and for the country”
On the battle for the governorship seat of the state, he said “It is a battle well fought and I am very pleased that you have taken the honourable way out. According to the Nigerian constitution, you go to court. I was there three times and ended up in the Supreme Court.
“Sometimes, people wonder why I tried so hard. I tried so hard because it is a system I believe in. I believe that multi party democratic system is the best form of governance with a big caveat that election must be free and fair. Really this is why I am in it. I was in APP. I joined partisan politics in April 2002 and on that date, at my ward, I said that those who knew me, and myself, following my career in the military, if people say that I will participate in partisan politics, people would not believe it and I will not also believe it.
“But I found myself in it and I never turned back. Within one year, APP gave me the ticket. There were governors, senators and much older people than me, but all the same, I got the ticket. I lost, I was in court for 30 months. In 2007, we tried to have a limited merger and became ANPP and again, I participated and was told I lost.
” I went to court for 20 months up to the Supreme Court and I felt that my party was not fair to me. While I was in court, the leadership of he party proceeded and took two marginal ministries in late Yar’adua’s cabinet and an Adviser. For that disgraceful behavior by the party leadership, I left the party and we floated the CPC. Again, I attempted in 2011 and lost again, I was in court for about eight months and I contested now for the fourth time under APC having successfully gone through with the merger of the three legacy parties.
“So, Aisha, don’t give up. You are younger and this is your first attempt. I contested three times and this is my fourth attempt. I hope that you succeed in the court. I am impressed by the quality of Taraba people you brought here. I think that the whole of Taraba is here and I am very grateful for that.”
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Senator Aisha Alhasan appealed to the President-elect to ensure a fair deal for Taraba state in his government adding that the state has been unfairly treated in the past.
Meanwhile, in what appears to be an unusual step to demonstrate his leadership style, the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has instructed police and military security personnel attached to him to respect traffic regulations during his movements.
In a statement released by his media team in Abuja, General Buhari said law abiding would be the guiding philosophy of his administration, adding “without leadership by example, the ordinary citizens would become copycats of the lawlessness of their leaders.” The President-elect explained that the “arrogance of power, lawlessness and disregard for the rights and convenience of fellow citizens would have no place in my government.”
According to him, for leaders to inspire respect, they must obey the laws of country, adding that when leaders treat the country’s laws with contempt, they might send the wrong message to the citizens. General Buhari lamented a situation where fellow citizens are punished at traffic points and public roads because of the “arrogant lawlessness of the leaders.”
He said in a democracy, leaders should not inflict inconveniences and other unbearable ordeals on the citizens for their own comfort. The President-elect advised his military and police security personnel to be in tune with his philosophy of “bringing the rule of law in the conduct of leaders during their movements on public roads.”