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POLITICS: APC will be doomed in 2015 if Buhari is picked to run – Presidency

LEGISREPORTS NG – The Presidency has said that the newly registered All Progressives Congress (APC) will be doomed to loose to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 if the party picks former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as its presidential candidate.


The Presidency stated this against the backdrop of the APC which had earlier maintained that it would be disastrous for any party to field President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.


Speaking in an interview with correspondents, Thursday, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, 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.”


Gulak stated that while he had information that Tinubu was not interested in vying for the presidency in 2015, he added that El-Rufa’I on the other hand fell short of the qualities required to qualify him to contest the presidential election.


“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,” he said.


The Special Adviser to the President said that the APC was politically premature to forecast the fate of the President Jonathan and the ruling party should the PDP fielded him for the 2015 presidential election.


Gulak 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.”


He said so far, the APC did not have any potential presidential candidate that could give Jonathan a good run should he decide to seek re-election in 2015.


However, the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said the statement by Gulak was the “hallmark” of a dying regime, adding that Buhari was head and shoulder above Jonathan.


“Putting Buhari and President Jonathan side by side is like putting light and darkness together. Buhari is head and shoulder above Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who is occupying the nation’s highest seat.


“It is Nigerians who will determine who will win the 2015 election, but we know that in a free and fair election, Jonathan does not stand a chance against Buhari. Let him say whatever he wants.


“The PDP primaries could be manipulated for the President. We have said it that the PDP will be in the opposition as from 2015,” Fashakin said.


According to him, Buhari is a patriotic Nigerian who had been unduly victimised by the Jonathan administration over the insurgency in the North.


He stated: “It should be clear to all now that the people planning the insurgency are within Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.


“It makes no absolute sense that the insurgency is Islamic when people were bombed in Kano during Ramadan. It is totally incongruous. That is to show you that it is not Islamic in any way. It is about vicious politics, which this regime is playing.”


Fashakin stated that with the kind of leadership Jonathan and the PDP had provided in the last three years, it would be difficult for the President to win the 2015 presidential election.


He said: “We know the truth. Nigerians know the truth; that the kind of leadership that President Jonathan and the PDP have shown us in the last three years has been nothing to write home about.


“It shows that in terms of leadership at the highest level, Gen. Buhari is head and shoulder above anybody they can present in the PDP.”




This report was prepared by our reporter in Abuja


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