The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has all it takes to convincingly win the March 28 presidential election, the Rivers State branch of the party has said.
Rivers APC chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said in a statement issued on Monday, 2nd March, 2015 in Port Harcourt: “Whatever doubt that might have existed in anybody’s mind about Buhari’s readiness to rescue Nigeria from the low depths to which it has been dragged by the fumbling President Goodluck Jonathan has surely been erased by the General’s acclaimed outing at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House, London, on Thursday, 26th February, 2015.
”Buhari’s speech was world-class, as readily testified by the packed audience that included British politicians, diplomats, journalists and a wide cross-section of Nigerians. The event’s chairman, former British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Sir Richard Gozney, aptly captured the Buhari persona when he described him as ‘a man of modesty, unusual for a Nigerian politician, and having clarity of thoughts and speech’. The success of the well-celebrated event demonstrates the international acceptance of General Buhari as the next President of Nigeria.”
Rivers APC expressed happiness that Buhari used the event to assure the world of his readiness to personally lead the war against Boko Haram and to fight corruption frontally when he assumes office as Nigeria’s new President on may 29 this year.
It thus congratulated Buhari on his brilliant Chatham House Lecture, urging him “not to relent as we collectively work to rescue Nigeria and Nigerians from the hands of a confused, corrupt and misguided President Jonathan before he runs the country completely aground. If he succeeds in restoring security to Nigeria and stop the corruption that is currently pulling down our economy under the corruptive regime of President Jonathan, APC may have succeeded in its rescue mission.”
The party also congratulated the APC national leadership for expertly packaging the Chatham House Lecture. “We wish to reiterate that not minding the intimidation by the PDP Leadership against us in Rivers State we are set to ensure that General Buhari does not only win Rivers State but that all the APC candidates win all the available seats in Rivers State during the March and April general elections,” Rivers APC said.
The party urged President Jonathan to stop deceiving himself and his tattered Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he will win re-election by his latest attempt to corrupt and buy over Nigerians and to start preparing his handover notes as nothing will save him from the humiliation that awaits him on March 28 to prove to him that he is a total failure as President.
“We urge Nigerians that he is giving money to collect the money as it is their money that was misappropriated and looted but vote him out for the collective greater future of our country,” Rivers APC said.
It warned President Jonathan and the PDP leadership to abandon the plot to ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to proceed on terminal leave anytime from now. “President Jonathan should be man enough and prepare himself for his defeat and face the election without looking for any shortcut to stay a day longer as the President of Nigeria as Nigerians are fed up with his visionless administration,” the party said.
It commended Nigerian soldiers for steadily dislodging Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country, thus bringing back memories of the feats that made them the best army in Africa. “If not for the poor leadership by the PDP regime the Boko Haram would have been history long before now,” Rivers APC said.
The party stated further that an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped.
“BUHARISM is now a phenomenon in Nigerian politics whose time has come for which nobody can stop notwithstanding the antics and the masqueraders in the Presidency because whether they like it or not President Jonathan must relinquish powers by May, 29th, 2015 by the votes of Nigerians as we cannot allow him to run our country aground before he leaves,” the statement concluded.