2015: Buhari Set to Declare Presidential Ambition

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As soon as he concludes his nationwide consultations, former military Head of , Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to declare for the presidential race early next month the platform of the All Congress (), his political aides have confirmed.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, one of Buhari’s aides who did not to be named, said as soon as the ongoing consultations are over, the former head of would his political intentions known.

“General Muhammadu Buhari has been holding consultations with stakeholders cutting across the divide the next year general . Those he has been meeting include politicians, both within and outside the , religious leaders, opinion leaders, youths and market women in every of the federation and the feelers we are getting are encouraging.

“We are rounding off with the consultations and within the next few days, General Buhari would publicly declare for the race and is our hope that he would not only emerge the of but would eventually be elected come February 2015,” he said.

The aides dismissed any challenge that might be posed by other party bigwigs like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Governor Musa Kwankaso of Kano State, saying the general commands unequal popularity among the grassroots.

“If General Buhari declares today, that is where our people would go. Who else would run against him in the ? Who else do you think the party would prefer to a man who single-handedly secured 11 million votes despite the rigging machinery of the PDP in 2011? General Buhari is the president in waiting, that is the truth,” he said.[eap_ad_2] 

the modified open ballot system adopted by APC to decide the of the party, another source, who is a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC said was a welcome development.

“We are all in support of the method but has not been finalised yet. If you look at very well, would allow every aspirant to as if it were the real general . It is a system that involves all party members. And let me tell you, whatever method of voting that is adopted, General Buhari would emerge the of our party,” he said. 

Buhari, who is considered a frontline contender for the presidential ticket of the APC, is not new to the race, as he has contested for the presidency three times.

In 2003, Buhari ran against the then President Olusegun Obasanjo on the platform of the All Peoples Party (ANPP); in 2007, he contested against the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua; and in 2011 went head-to-head against President Jonathan, but lost in the three .

With the merger of the leading opposition parties that gave birth to APC, Buhari’s associates are confident that if he secures the 11 million votes predominately from , and is able to capture the South-west, which has the second highest voter population after the -west, winning the next year will be a forgone conclusion. (Thisday)[eap_ad_3]