The 2011 elections Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in a press conference at the party headquarters in Abuja stated that he may re-consider his 2011 decision not to contest 2015 elections.
Buhari, a former head of state who has contested unsuccessfully for the office of the presidency of Nigeria in 2003, 2007 and 2011, explained that he actually said he would not contest the 2015 presidential election due to the number of times he had contested, but due to the pressure from some party stalwarts, he may withdraw that decision.
“I saw that with the number of times I had contested, and if I didn’t make it again, I would not contest in 2015, and I said I would never present myself again for elections. But since then, hell has been let loose. Members of my party, individuals and groups have been coming to me, and when 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 also spoke on the crisis rocking CPC, saying that no group under any name can dissolve the CPC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) as the election of the Committee followed constitutional provisions, and that any dissolution should follow due process as laid down by INEC.
“We as a party came on board as a political party not long ago, but were made to pass through the processes laid down by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in a short time. INEC supervised our election of the executive members of the party, and, according to the constitution and INEC provisions, nobody can dissolve an elected executive without a convention.
“How can a group constitute themselves and say they have dissolved the executive of the party? This is the understanding of the politics I am playing, because I don’t believe in political anarchy or whatever, and if anybody wants to be a chief executive of the party, he has to wait for the convention and the primaries and also wait for the Electoral Act of 2014 for the election of 2015, and political anarchy should not be alive. I have made it clear: that is what I stand for, and that is why I am in CPC.”
Gen Buhari said that after 13 years of democracy in Nigeria, the country is on the reverse. “The country has been on the reverse since 1999, as the country celebrates 13 years of democracy.”