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.