The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has said the members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would be retired from politics with the victory of the opposition party at the polls next month.
He stated this while inaugurating the party’s National Presidential Campaign Council, in Abuja on Monday in Abuja.
The presidential election holds February 14.
Accusing the PDP of failing to address important issues concerning the country, Mr. Buhari said the APC would prosecute its campaign in a manner that would ensure the ruling party is dislodged from power.
He said, “We intend to prosecute this campaign to win and we shall win. We undertake to end the impunity of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, a party that has proved clueless in every material particular.
“It has failed to address any of the important concerns of the people of this country. It has failed to deal squarely with the great security challenge that has faced this nation within these last five years. And it has remained touchy and impervious to all constructive criticism, and without concern for human life and for the suffering going on in the land.
“As we campaigned, Boko Haram attacked Baga town in Borno State, reportedly killing 2,000 people; but to this clueless government, this toll is just a number, a statistic that adds up to the litany that has gone before it. And worst of all, this PDP government has split the country along all known fault lines. It is time to send them into deserved retirement; which, in the normal cause of events, it will have done nothing to deserve.”
Mr. Buhari assured that the APC would secure Nigeria against all threats, manage its resources efficiently and with demonstrable transparency, and then fix whatever is amiss in it.
According to him, under an APC government, no Nigerian would go to bed hungry, angry with the government or with the fear of insurgents or nocturnal visitors.
“We shall secure the government for the people and fix it. And, verily, we shall deliver on every of our promises,” he said.
Mr. Buhari listed the terms of the Council headed by the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, to include, giving a sense of participation and belonging to those involved in the campaign and engenders widespread support for the project; act as a buffer between the campaign organization and the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidates; identifies and resolves conflicts arising from the operation of the campaign organization; and enunciates and monitors broad strategic objectives of the campaign.
He also said it would serve as mechanism for checks and balances in the overall efforts towards achieving set objectives of winning the general elections of 2015; oversee the campaigns voters registration and anti-voter suppression efforts; ensure that the campaign’s messaging is consistent with and incorporates the key planks of the party manifesto; and ensure that resources will be made available and appropriately allocated to assist the campaign.
The APC presidential flag bearer urged members of the Council to put all their trust in God and the support of the people to ensure victory for the party.
“May God guide and bless the APC in its quest to rescue Nigeria. And to us, it is a done deal. Less than two years ago, APC was just a dream. It became a promise. Then it became a reality; and, today, it is a miracle—a miracle waiting to happen. And it will happen,” he added.
Mr. Buhari praised Mr. Amaechi who he described as “a fighter who has never failed in any assignment.”
He explained that every member of the Council was chosen on account of experience and expertise and proven track record.
“With such a team and with the unprecedented acceptance that the APC enjoys in all parts of the country, the question is not whether the party will defeat the PDP,” Mr. Buhari said.
“The question is the nature of the landslide with which the clueless party will be sent packing. I promise you that the landslide will be unprecedented.”
The APC candidate also paid tribute to some leaders of the party, including its former interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande, a former governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, for their leadership and organisational skills and a former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, “for conducting the most transparent primary election in Nigeria.”
He also saluted his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, “for accepting to bring his rich repertoire of experience and expertise to enrich a ticket that will be leading this country in the next few months.”