Former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, has joined his counterpart, Atiku Abubakar in declaring for the office of the President on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the 2015 presidential election.
Buhari made the following assertions on his decision to contest the elections. And reminded his supporters that if he did not nick the party’s presidential ticket, his supporters should not shy away from backing whoever wins it.
“I intend to offer myself for the position of the president of the republic on the platform of our great party; I intend to make a formal announcement soon”, Buhari said.
“I hope I can count on your continuing support and sacrifice. However, I would like to point out to you that, to be more meaningful, your support must extend beyond my person and always be available to the party and all those that the party puts forward; because it is the party that is the platform”.
He reminded his loyalists that APC is a party with several qualified people for each available position, including that of the president.
“It is the primaries that will determine who eventually represents the party in which capacity. If I get the party nomination, I expect you will redouble your effort and commitment until we clinch the presidency”, he added.
“But in the event that it happens to be one of the other aspirants who wins, I will expect you as good party men to extend to him your total support. We are a united party and united we shall remain because our strength lies in our unity.
“My supporters must not engage in any behaviour or conduct that will tarnish the image of any leader or promote division and rancour within the ranks of the party. Whoever does that should know he or she is working for the enemy”.
If Buhari emerges winner of the APC ticket, he will be standing up against Nigeria’s incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan who is currently a sole aspirant on the platform of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP.