A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, has disclosed that former Head of State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has pledged to serve only one term of four years if he is elected President come 2015.
Fashakin, who used to be the spokesman for Buhari during their days at the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, said the presidential aspirant would emulate the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa by doing a single term.
Speaking on Sunday in Lagos, Mr. Fashakin said the motive behind Buhari’s fourth attempt at the highest office in the land was borne out of his desire to rescue Nigeria from corruption, stabilise it and then hand over to a younger person, who has the capacity to lead the country.
He said, “Gen. Muhammadu Buhari would do a term of four years then hand the power over to somebody younger. You can take that to the bank. He is going to be the stabilising factor in Nigeria. Nigeria needs a strong leader like Buhari, who is in the mould of Mandela, who stabilised South Africa.
“That is what Buhari is going to do and four years are enough for him to do that. After stabilising the nation, he will hand over to somebody younger, whom he would have groomed. This is why we are asking Nigerians to give Buhari a chance. He has the capacity, temperament and courage to rescue and stabilise this country. Just four years of Buhari, Nigeria will not remain the same”.
The APC chieftain noted that it would be a disservice to the entire nation if Buhari is denied the chance of governing the country in 2015.
He also expressed confidence in Gen. Buhari’s ability to floor President Goodluck Jonathan during the February 14, 2015 presidential election, adding that most Nigerians who voted for Jonathan in 2011 would vote for Buhari in 2015.
Fashakin noted that there was still the possibility of Buhari emerging as the consensus candidate of the APC for the presidential election.
He said, “In article 20 of the APC constitution, consensus is the most preferred way of choosing our leaders because in consensus all interests are considered. That is democracy. It’s a welcome development that we are working towards a consensus.
“We pray that the best will happen in that scenario so that Nigerians can be given the benefit of enjoying a new lease of life come 2015”.