Buhari alleges plot by PDP to retain power at all cost

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari PDP is in an illegitimate merger with INEC, police and others.

A former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of plotting to hold on to power at the centre at all cost, despite its poor performance since 1999.

Mr. Buhari alleged that the ruling party has already entered into alliance with some institutions with a view to realizing its desperation to win future elections. He listed the institutions as the Judiciary; the Nigerian Police Force, NPF; Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; and the Pension Funds.

“The country is in the grip of a bad government whose only purpose is to retain power by hook or by crook – preferably by crook. PDP does not need merger or alliance – they are already merged and are in alliance with police, INEC, and Judiciary with the NNPC and pension funds,” Mr. Buhari said at a CPC interactive dialogue with its elected representatives in Abuja.

The retired Nigerian Army General, who also chairs the party’s Board of Trustees, justified the merger of the CPC with three other parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; and All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. He said “a brief glance at the political history of Nigeria confirms that to hold power at the centre you need a broad coalition, alliance, merger or whatever you may like to call it. Today’s situation is no different.”

Mr. Buhari also spoke passionately about the legitimacy of the positions held by CPC elected representatives.

“You were actually elected. You did not use police to intimidate voters; you did not use INEC staff to inflate your votes. You won in spite of all attempts by government to rig you out. How many PDP can say that? Very, very few!

“You can, therefore, hold your heads high and regard yourselves as genuine representatives of your constituents. You are true sons of democracy; your position is even more important than party officials and party leaders – because you are the face of CPC. You have, therefore, the moral right to call yourself Distinguished and Honourables. But being distinguished and honourables carries with it heavy responsibilities,” he said.

The former presidential hopeful insisted that only a few PDP members can claim to have been truly elected.

He urged his party’s elected representatives to regard themselves as the arrow head of the new movement to unseat the PDP, stressing that without their leadership and efforts, the party’s fight for democracy would be futile. Mr. Buhari said that CPC is on the doorsteps of a historic opportunity to alter the political landscape of Nigeria.

Attempts to reach the PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, over Mr. Buhari’s statements and allegations, were not successful as he did not respond to calls. He also refused to reply a text message sent to him.

At the forum, the Nassarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, a member of CPC, denied the allegation that the governors elected on the platform of the four parties which merged early this month, have hijacked the process. He described the fusion of the four political parties into one – All Progressive Congress – as the best step to oust the PDP from power, electorally.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Bath water is wasted on a pig. Buhari is still trapped in the past. He is no democrat, no matter how he pretends. How come the same INEC he vilifies declared CPC winners in some elections. Unless Buhari wins, the election is never free and fair. What a narcissistic and arrogant tosser! Prepare to lose again as usual.

    • Real

      If u think he will lose, u’re in for a surprise (except PDP is planning to use their rigging machines again). I am from South South, but I will ensure my vote counts for Buhari. He is a far better leader than the whole of PDP leadership put together. The man u claim “is still trapped in the past” is actually the one living in the present, he is the face of the future.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        Your vote will count but it amounts to nothing. Ask the market women, okada riders etc, who they are voting for. they are the real Nigerians. they are all that matters in this election.

      • p town man

        Buhari should go and buy a rigging machine or does he want d PDP t̶̲̥̅̊ợ̣̣̇̇̇ borrow him money and show him were t̶̲̥̅̊ợ̣̣̇̇̇ buy the mechine? Losers always have excuses

  • olumide

    Mr Boko Haram. Shut U̶̲̥̅̊r mouth up if Ʊ don’t H̶̲̥̅̊α̣̣̥v̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ any reasonable tin T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ say

  • desperate man, go and lead your boko haram. I wonder why this man thinks he can lead this Nation.

  • hearthrob

    Mr Buhari, d reason y I didn’t vote 4 u @ d last election is bcof u r toooooo desperate n 4 1 2 b toooo desperate not suppose 2 b trusted. If u r made d president, u ll definately divide d country n instead of u 2 do what is xpected, u ll start using time n resources fightn ur enemies. Must u b a president, must u get dis power by all means. U v made mr presidents regime ungovernable as promised but don’t worry God is watchn u n ur wicked people. If u v good intentions, u won’t b condemning or tarnishn d presidents image or efforts rather u ll b more of an adviser. I don’t evn no why all those kinsmen of this country wan 2 rule by all means. Instead of acting as a father not just 2 d president but 2 all. U r just been selfish. Anywys, I jus hope 1 day u will get 2 understnd that ur advisers r not givn u d right strategies 2 use. U don’t cum out dis way n making all sought of accusations n ‘wahala’ n xpect people 2 vote u. U should bring ur enemies closer. If u really want peoples vote since u wan 2 b president by all means, I advice u join hands n see how dis issue of bh will stop xcept u don’t want it. V been readn all ur comments n activites u do but u v never said or done anytin 4 develpment. God is watchn

  • salisu ahmed-baba

    Those people castigating the great General Buhari are doing so out of mischief and malicious sentiments, we know them,they are blinded by ethnic /religious bigotry. That’s why a small boy or girl of say 40yrs or below would call an aged person of 70yrs &former HoS of Buharis caliber names. The world outside is active,moving &progressing but in Naija……?

  • Bem Katungo

    i used to look at Gen. Buhari as a stateman but from his utterances, i can see that he has completely become a Mr Lamentation

  • p town man

    Why is buhari complaining? If he does nt need power why he is playing “blood will spill” politics? PDP!!! …power

  • Chantella

    Can’t this man go and rest and have a peace of mind…he will soon get High blood pressure bcus of 2015 election, GEJ and PDP. Haba. Must u rule? Nothing even *govern or lead* Nigeria. Must you rule ? This aint military rule, it’s called Democracy. You can never impose urself on Nigerians. @Real, you are not from South-South, so stop talking trash and call a spade, a spade.
    Buhari is so desperate. I thought he said he wouldn’t contest again ? Why crying again now ? His wives or wife and children shud call him to order. God bless my country-Nigeria !!!