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2011 elections will determine Nigeria’s future – Buhari

Congress For Progressive Change (CPC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari declared yesterday that next year’s elections would determine Nigeria’s future

Speaking in a statement in Abuja, Buhari said, “I am doing this (contesting for President) not for myself alone but for many millions who have hope in me and my colleagues, and in our programmes for change that will save Nigeria. I shall continue on this course whatever the outcome of the coming elections”

Consequently he gave what seemed like a pact saying, “I stand by the people for better or for worse; I stand with my supporters through thick and thin; I stand shoulder_to_shoulder with my followers and I will take the rough with the smooth; I will never abandon them no matter how long or how hard the going is.

“After a dozen years of bad governance, Nigerians deserve a change. We (CPC) are offering that change. We are offering a better alternative to PDP. I am humbled by the spontaneous support I have received since the formation of the CPC.

Based on this tremendous support which has shaken other parties  we are confident of victory during the coming elections”. Recalling the treachery of the ANPP leadership under whose banner he ran for President in 2007 and how they sold out to the ruling PDP, Buhari said, “Let explain briefly why it was necessary for my supporters and I to leave ANPP and form another party”.

“ANPP leadership from 2003 to the 2007 elections had exhibited very unprincipled behavior in handling party issues. The leadership did not adhere to party rules, did not reciprocate loyalty to me as its candidate and appeared to be tele_guided by the PDP. The same PDP which in the course of 2003 and 2007 elections organized its thugs to intimidate, maim and kill many of our supporters”.

“And through the misuse of law enforcing agencies, PDP agents stole ballot boxes and stuffed them with illegal votes. In addition, PDP party thugs burnt houses and offices of ANPP supporters and finally forced INEC to rig the elections in the most blatant manner. Yet ANPP leadership decided to join the government which perpetrated these crimes against its supporters”.

“When we went to court on the insistence of the party, ANPP leadership later abruptly withdrew their case at the courts challenging the results of the rigged elections and provided no support whatever to hundreds of ANPP candidates who went to court. Moreover, they jumped ship and joined the Government of National Unity (G.N.U.) for a mess of pottage. They left their supporters to their own devices”.

“Our duty as member of CPC is to: Get registered, Cast our votes and cast them early, Watch and guard our votes, Escort the votes to the collation centres, Ensure true results are announced. We are, through our manifesto and mission statements soliciting the votes of Nigerians to bring about this Change For Good. Our manifesto has been widely circulated and the main thrust of our policies is people_oriented and designed to attack our problems from the roots”, he said.

“Let us again, remind ourselves that this is a country blessed with dynamic  people, abundant natural resources, a good spread of rainfall which makes it possible for every party of the country to produce bountiful harvests to feed its people. All that Nigeria needs to realize its dream of a rich and powerful nation is good purposeful leadership to lead us to the future that surely awaits us” he concluded.

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