BY: BISI DOSUMU
The race to capture the Aso Rock seat from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by the opposition has been on since the inception of the new democracy in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, as 2015 general election is a couple of months away, the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has been gathering momentum to ensure the ruling party; PDP is voted out with a plan to field a popular candidate.
Prominent among the candidates that have declared interest to run the presidential race are the former Military Head of State, Rtd. Gen Salisu Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President to President Obasanjo under PDP, Alh. Atiku Abubakar. These two gladiators are very popular in the Nigerian political scene as they have both contested for the same position before but failed.
Following the tie between Buhari and Atiku’s candidature and what many considered to be in the name of peace, Alh. Atiku took to his twitter handle @atiku, yesterday night and vowed his interest to solidly be behind whoever emerges as the sole candidate of his party, APC, for the presidential race. His statements were also seen to be commending and showing support for Gen. Buhari in the spirit of sportsmanship.
The statement reads in parts:”#ANigeriaForAll is not about North or South, Christian or Muslim, but about a better tomorrow where citizens will feel secure. I’ve read reports calling my fellow APC leader, and statesman, General Buhari a religious fundamentalist. The reports are false. The report clearly is a mischievous attempt by the PDP media, to cause discord within the APC, especially supporters of General Buhari. I would refer our supporters to the full text of my Sallah statement – General Buhari did not feature in it by name or innuendo. I have recently commended General Buhari’s support of internal democracy in our party, APC. My statement in that regard still stands. I’m committed to support whichever candidate the delegates of our great party present to fly the APC flag in the 2015 elections” -AA.
He however referred to disapprobation reports on General Buhari as false and misleading from the PDP.