It Will Be A Walkover for PDP if APC Fields Buhari As Its Candidate – Presidency
In what seemed like a reaction to the statement by the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC that any party who fields President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate in the 2015 election will fail woefully, the presidency has said that if the newly registered All Progressives Congress picks former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as its presidential candidate, the 2015 election will be a walkover for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak who gave the hint also commented on other APC leaders, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i.
He said, “As far as that merger is concerned, the calculation of the Congress for Progressive Change elements is that Buhari will stand for the election. If he stands for the election, it is a walkover for the PDP; so, we are praying that they field Buhari.”
While stating that he had information that Tinubu was not interested in the presidential race, Gulak added that El-Rufa’i did not have the qualities that could qualify him to contest the presidential election.
He said, “Tinubu is not interested in the presidential race. I have it on good authority that Tinubu is not interested.
“El-Rufa’i is not a politician. When we are talking about politicians who are likely candidates, we don’t talk about people like El-Rufa’i. We are talking about political politicians.
“But in all, the President has yet to declare his intention whether he will re-contest or not. When the time comes in 2014, we will know whether he will offer himself for a second term or not. As of now, we are here to work for Nigerians.”
Gulak said that the APC was too young to decide the fate of the President if the PDP fielded him for the 2015 presidential election.
He said since the APC had just been registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, its leaders must first learn the political ropes before commenting on who should be fielded by the PDP.
He said, “The APC that was just born yesterday should not have the mouth to talk.
“They should mind their own business and face the struggle ahead of them. They should stop focusing on what PDP will do or will not do, that is none of their business.”
The presidential aide said so far, the APC did not have any potential presidential candidate that could give a Jonathan sleepless night if he decided to re-contest in 2015.
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