The Congress for Progressive change (CPC) says it has not endorsed anyone as its presidential candidate ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The party spoke through a statement Wednesday in Abuja, by Rotimi Fashakin, its national publicity secretary.
The statement was apparently triggered by suggestions that either of former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari or former Federal Capital Territory’s minister, Nasir El-Rufai, has been positioned to fly the party’s flag in the 2015 presidential election.
The CPC spokesperson said insinuation that the party had decided on a presidential candidate for 2015 is mere rumour, and accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of spreading the rumour.
“We are aware that the piece of misinformation had its roots in PDP, with its large array of paid agents and proxies to castigate notable CPC members ahead of 2015 elections,” Mr. Fashakin said.
Mr. Fashakin also wondered how the CPC could be said to have decided on a presidential candidate, when the party is already engaged in merger talks with other parties.
It is quite asinine to insinuate that a party, in possible merger talks with other coalition Partners, will have a candidate already anointed for the presidential elections,” he added.
He also noted that “being a political party with deeply entrenched democratic values; we believe our preferred candidate shall emerge from a transparent electoral process and not from selection by anointment”.
Mr. Fashakin said it had become necessary to “make it abundantly clear that the party’s leadership has not made any decision on its preferred candidacy for the 2015 elections”.
“For the umpteenth time, we restate our avowed commitment to our charted course and no amount of sponsored innuendos and deliberate mendacity can derail our set objectives.”