by Lekan Olanrewaju
Former Head of State, and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC in the April 2011 elections, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, has spoken out against the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. Buhari, who recently announced he would be recontesting in the 2015 presidential elections, delivered something of a prophecy of doom, warning that a revolution could soon take place in the country if the party did not become more sensitive to social justice.
“We know that we have been rigged out in the last election.” he said. ” Nothing can happen unless there is justice. The question of the Peoples Democratic Party and its leadership is that they don’t accept social justice. If there is no social justice in the country, in a question of time, there will be revolution in one form or the other.”
“After the last general election, we went as far as to the Supreme Court but after that what happened in Kogi, Adamawa and Sokoto states and the by-elections? We believe that the PDP leadership is not prepared for real democracy and social justice. And I hope they will be strong enough to go through the consequences of their injustice.”
He went on to draw attention to the Igabi constituency in Kaduna state, where members of his party won, saying he wanted a situation where every local government and constituency in the country behaved like that one.
“I want to speak about what happened in Igabi Constituency where members of CPC won in Kaduna State. The elected members of CPC in the Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly were all there to educate people in Igabi and made sure that there was free and fair election and the CPC won.”
“What I’m advocating is that for the local government election and 2015 general elections, God willing, every local government and constituency must behave like Igabi. Except if you don’t want to win or you want to remain as slaves in your own country, then you can go home and sleep.
Otherwise if you must fight for your rights, you must wake up and ensure that justice is done. You must make sure that your votes count.”
The PDP, never a party to sit back and accept what they view as a jab, retorted, describing Buhari as “despot with aversion for democratic governance”, and saying his statement was the result of frustration.
“Buhari’s statement did not come to us as a surprise.” the party said, in a statement released by it’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh. “It is a sure sign of frustration over his inability and that of his party to win elections.”