The former Head of State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), said on Saturday in Kaduna that another four years of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party would spell doom for the country.
The former Nigerian leader said he was personally concerned on the deliberate plot by the ruling party to use religion and ethnicity to destroy the country.
The APC presidential aspirant, who spoke at a Northern APC Stakeholders Interactive Meeting in Kaduna on Saturday, insisted that the greatest problem facing Nigeria was not religion or tribal differences, but the deliberate plot by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-led government, using religion and ethnicity to polarise the country for selfish gains ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Meanwhile, a competent source at the meeting, which went into closed-door after the opening ceremony, hinted that the APC might pick the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal as its presidential candidate in the 2015 election.
The source, who craved not to be named because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, hinted that the event where the trio of Buhari, Atiku and Kwankwaso could not reach an accord on who should be the standard bearer of the party in 2015,”Tambuwal will be drafted in as the party flag bearer.”
“At the moment, they are discussing modality of receiving the Speaker into the APC,” the source added.
Speaking further, Buhari lamented the militarisation of the last governorship election in Ekiti and Osun states, where a large number of soldiers and other security operatives were deployed for the election.
He argued that the move showed that the ruling PDP was desperate to hold on to power using every means at its disposal to achieve that.
According to Buhari, the abducted Chibok schoolgirls from Borno State by the Boko Haram members would have since been rescued if the Federal Government had deployed such number of soldiers in the North-East where the Boko Haram terrorists had killed thousands of Nigerians.
Saying that 2015 should be another year of concern for the Nigerians, Buhari insisted that another four years of PDP would send Nigeria down the drain.
He therefore called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the commission did not disenfranchise eligible voters in the ongoing voter registration and to also provide a level playing ground for all political parties and candidates.
Speaking on behalf of all APC governors at the event, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State stressed the need for the North to be united in order to defeat some of the challenges confronting the region.