Buhari:How to defeat PDP by 2015
A credible, free and fair election in 2015 is all the merger currently being pursued by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with other opposition parties, is asking for; and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), will be out, the CPC leader, General Muhammadu Buhari has said.
“If we have free and fair elections, I think we will arrive home dry”, the 2011 presidential candidate of the CPC told newsmen in Lafia, Nasarawa State, during a one-day visit. Buhari expressed optimism that a merger with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), will work this time, saying he visited the ACN leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu in Lagos, alongside, Malam Nasir el Rufa’I and Jimmy Lawal, for talks, adding that ongoing talks have been extended to accommodate other opposition parties in the merger being sought.
He insisted that the only constraint faced by the ongoing talk, ahead of its success, “is for there to be a credible, free and fair election.”
Buhari criticized the 2011 polls and blamed rigging for the failure of his party to upstage the PDP then, but expressed optimism that the merger will ensure a win if elections will be conducted in an atmosphere devoid of rigging.
He said: “Nigerians believe and we believe that the best way to dislodge PDP is for the opposition to come together. And certainly, we are talking, not only with ACN but with other political parties.”
He also said the merger stands better chance of winning the 2015 poll because of the poor performance record of the PDP government since 1999. “Firstly, I think the non-performance of the ruling party in all the governments they have and number two, the time factor; this time around CPC is ready, and I tell you we have at least two years for hard bargaining and campaigning before the general elections. And I believe we are going to get it done”, he said
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