4 February 2014

Nigeria: 2015 - Nigerians Have Suffered Enough Under PDP - Buhari

Former military head of state and presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has said that the country has suffered enough in the hands of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Buhari also pledged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would wipe the insecurity bedeviling the country just as he declared that Nigerians deserve proper democracy through clean elections in 2015.

Buhari, who spoke during an interview he granted the Liberty Radio which was monitored in Kaduna, said the APC was fighting to give Nigerians what they deserve, security and proper management.

"All we are fighting for is to have proper democracy. What I mean is that whatever people say, whether they reflect briefly on it or not, Nigerians are now well aware of their right and what they expect from government.

"In APC, we have reduced it to two - security and management. We have to secure this country and manage it properly. I think people have suffered enough; they are now prepared to listen and I believe they are listening and are cooperating. We have been convinced, since 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed without a shot being fired, that multi party democratic system is superior.

"But there is an important barrier. Elections must be free and fair. We have been to court three times in 2003, 2007 and 2011 not because we were convinced that we were going to win. We went because we want to make sure that this multi-party democracy takes firm grip on Nigerians. If we can come and go, the system will be strong enough to guarantee security for this country and guarantee prosperity for this country. This is our objective," he said.

He lamented that when some say things critical of government, they are flown on presidential jets, but when others do it, they are detained and harassed.

On the security challenges facing the nation, he said the party would bring succour to Nigerians.

"There is also this problem of insecurity in the land, both physical and material, which the APC is about to wipe out, God willing. Like I have said, we have to properly secure and manage this country," Buhari noted.

He said even though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the timetable for the elections, it is subject to modifications when the political parties thinks it is time to do so.

On the APC registration which is to commence from February 5-10, 2014, the former head of state called on Nigerians to come out and register with the APC.

"Go and register so that you can participate in the processes that will lead to the convention to elect leaders for the party as well as those that will be identified to stand election subsequently from the councillorship to the Presidency. This is your privilege and you have to guide it religiously so that you can participate in the processes of running this country next year," he said.

"I mentioned that there are structures on the ground from polling units, wards, local government and the states. We are expecting those teams to be on ground and available to make things easy to all those who are not clear on the conduct of the exercise. They have been sent across the country from neighboring states and from other geopolitical zones because it is a Nigerian affair, the process is for all Nigerians in all parts of the country. We do not envisage any problem whatsoever," Buhari said.

"We are trying to simplify the registration venues especially for our people in the rural areas and those who are not able to listen to radio or watch television if there is light in the area. The people can choose their time because there are five days for the exercise. They can chose when to go and register, but the earlier they go, the better so that they can have their own membership card as members of the All Progressive Congress and continue to look forward to other processes" he admonished party members.

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