From Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
National Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), retired Major-General Muhamadu Buhari, Saturday said his decision to remain in active politics was to ensure the return of sanity in governance in the country.
The latest stand of the former Head of State, came just as his party, CPC declared that it had started alliance/merger talks with progressive coalition partners with a view of contesting the 2015 elections under one umbrella. Buhari who spoke to THISDAY through a close aide said he would continue to participate in politics as long as it takes to enthrone the right government in power in Nigeria.
The aide while stating Buhari’s clarification regarding his future role in politics come 2015, quoted the CPC Presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections as saying that his involvement in partisan politics is not just to grab political office.
“I am not in politics only to contest elections but to do all that is necessary to sanitize Nigeria. I hope to remain in politics until that goal is achieved”, he said.
Buhari had while receiving a delegation of Political admirers in Kaduna some days ago, maintained that owing to the leadership deficit and the truncation of the hope of the common man, he would continue to be relevant political activism in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.
This runs contrary to Buhari’s pledge during the electioneering campaigns for the 2011 Presidential elections, that he would not be contesting the nation’s subsequent elections.
However, CPC have said it is actively pursuing a coalition talks with other parties, including the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)and that it has not given up hope that Buhari would emerge as its flag-bearer.
Speaking to THISDAY on telephone yesterday evening, the CPC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin said the party is putting pressure on Buhari to take on the presidential contest once again.
“The party is still desirous of having Buhari as its candidate for the 2015 presidential elections although the issue will have to wait until the outcome of ongoing alliance/merge talks with progessive partners,” he said.
In a separate statement signed by Fashakin, CPC said the party’s pressure on Buhari to run agains was as a result of the lack good leadership in the country.
“The besmirched reputation of an inept, dishonest and egregiously incompetent political leadership the Party’s leadership has brought to bear immense pressure on Buhari to rescind his earlier stance on Nigeria’s tempestuous politics, “ it said.
In the statement, the party said it is in alliance and possible merger talks with other progressive coalition partners in order to give true meaning to democratic governance within the Nigerian polity. Fashakin said it would be rather pre-emptive to speculate at this time what the choice of the party would be since a lot depends on the outcome of the talks with the coalition partners.
“What is unmistakably true is that, as the Almighty God grants the enablement, Buhari shall continue to actively participate in the politics under the Nigerian nation-space, “ he said.