I May Contest in 2015 – - Buhari
Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) retired General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday indicated that he might reconsider his earlier decision not to contest presidential election anymore.
Buhari who gave the indication while speaking to reporters after a meeting at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja said following calls by individuals and groups, he might put up for the 2015 presidential election.
“I said it a number of times that if I don’t make it again, I will not contest in 2015, and I said I will never present myself again for elections but since then, hell was let loose. Members of my party, individuals and groups have been coming to me and a certain group came to me and asked me to rescind my decision; I told them that it was up to the party and I may withdraw my decision.”
Buhari had contested the presidential election three times, first in 2003 and subsequently in 2007 and 2011. Before the 2011 election, Buhari had said he would not put himself up for the presidency again if he lost the election.
Buhari, who attended the meeting over the leadership crisis rocking the CPC, disowned the splinter group said to be loyal to the pioneer chairman of the party, Senator Rufai Hanga, saying their purported suspension of the incumbent National Working Committee of the party was illegal.
The group which met in Abuja recently announced the suspension the Tony Momoh-led NWC and on Wednesday inaugurated a 10-man national caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party.
But Buhari said he was for law and order and that no one can remove the elected NEC until the expiration of their tenure.
“What is happening in the party in the last couple of weeks has been defined by the party chairman (referring to Tony Momoh) who calls them irritants.
“I don’t believe in anarchy whether political or whatever, as I told you, we came in step by step and we have found ourselves here. If anybody wants to be the chief executive of any of the 63 registered parties, they have to wait for their convention and also have
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