Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Buhari declares presidential bid, advocates change

Former Head of State, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said the most important task before members of the All Progressives Congress is to take away power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Buhari said this in an address to volunteers and representatives of Buhari Support Groups, in Abuja, on Tuesday, where he told them he would be vying for the presidential ticket of the APC.

He stated, “Today, we are in the 15th year of “the purposeless leadership” by the Peoples Democratic Party and that all we have seen is the unprecedented deterioration in the security situation.”

Buhari listed other infractions of the PDP –led administration to include astronomical rise in the incidence and intensity of corruption and in the failure of governance.

He urged party supporters to take advantage of the time remaining before the elections to concentrate their efforts towards realising and achieving change in this country.

Buhari said, “The only way to meaningful change in this country is to vote the PDP out of the power to which it was never legitimately elected anyway.

“The task before us today is wide ranging and very great. The first and most important is to take away power from those who have been misusing it.

“Indeed, except for the call of patriotism, public-spiritedness and an abiding love for the people of this country, nothing will today make any honest, honourable and sane politician want to be saddled with Nigeria with an economy in trouble-with a society in even deeper trouble.”

He wondered if there was still really a government in Nigeria.

According to him, the opposition has made all the necessary preparations to take away power from the “inept ruling party.”

He equally noted that the coming together of hitherto fragmented opposition political parties to form one formidable party- the APC would give the ruling PDP a run for its money.

While offering himself to undertake the task of leading the party to victory in the 2015 presidential election, Buhari told his supporters, “With your support, I intend to offer myself for the position of President of the Republic on the platform of our great party.”

The former head of state promised to make a formal declaration soon.

He also appealed to his supporters to extend their support beyond his person and always be available to the party that is the platform.

Buhari equally charged them to remember at all times that the APC was a party with several qualified people for each and all the positions that would be contested, including that of the President.

He noted that it was the party primaries that would determine who would eventually represent the party in different capacities.

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