The All Progressives Congress ( APC ), Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to learn from history and adopt more democratic posture in his political outings or risk his presidential bid.
This call was made by National Coordinator Concerned APC Stakeholders, Alh. Bashir Mohammed in Kano while addressing newsmen. Alh. Bashir made this observation after Buhari’s visit to Kano where the presidential aspirant received an overwhelming reception but refused to acknowledge the APC governorship flag bearer as is the usual practice.
According to Bashir who warned that such behavior could bring about division within the party, said Buhari had refused to recognize Alh. Umar Ganduje because he was not the retired general’s choice for the ticket and warned that if this continues the party may loose the state in the general elections.
While reminding the four time presidential aspirant of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), experience “where he forced one of his loyalists Col. Jafaar on the people even as Mohammed Abacha was the preferred candidate, which cost him the elections”, he further explained that the general interest of the party should be supreme and not personal ego as been portrayed by Buhari in his political outings.
Speaking further the party stalwart added that the divisions within the party should further strengthen it and not divide it, stating that the reason behind the Kano incident stems from an underground feud between Kwankwaso followers (Kwankwasiya) and those from the Buhari camp (Buhariya) over the leadership of the party in the state.
He blamed the crisis on rumour mongers who have begun accusing Kwankwaso of instigating the recent certificate scandal to ensure Buhari is substituted for another northerner which most likely would have been him. He said detractors of the party had already accredited Kwankwaso usual nocturnal meetings to scheming to unseat or eventually betray Buhari.
While also emphasizing his dedication to the party and her subsequent victory in the polls, Alh. Bashir however warned that “unless all rivalries are forgotten and the actors move on, the party is doomed to fail”.
“I wish to state without stammering that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), is the party to beat come February 14 however unless all rivalries are forgotten and the actors move on, the party is doomed to fail. It does not matter if Rabiu had contested against Buhari or feels he is better than him. The comments of 2010 when he called Buhari a serial coupist should not be front burner now. Let’s forge on as one United front”. He advised.
Speaking further, “This is a worrisome scenario that shows that those of us who came from the PDP would have no place in the scheme of Buhari’s affairs when eventually voted into office as President of the country, General Buhari must learn to rise above this myopic reasoning each time he gets the opportunity of leading the party and not further use the present setback back to deepen bitterness and acrimony within the rank of our great party”.
“There is no better commitment that he would protect the interest of many who have joined the fold to fight as a united opposition and the party must avoid shutting its door against other people because of old grudges,” he also added.
There seems to be underground tension in the party as there has arisen a sharp division between the cult like following of the Kano state governor, Alh. Rabiu Kwankwaso who feel slighted by the gap toothed general, Muhammadu Buhari, whose followers are also uneasy with the governor whom they claim has never loved the party’s presidential flagbearer and is playing the spoiler for the party.
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