By USMAN SANTURAKI
My instinct made me to believe that General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) would clinch the just concluded APC’S primaries. The other four contenders- Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Governor Rochas and Mr. Sam Isaiah – will not really pose any threat to the Buhari candidacy under the platform of the APC. This was largely because the retired General has enjoyed and is still enjoying the people’s confidence in yearning for positive change for this country.
It is therefore not surprising that when ballots counting started at the primaries; General Muhammadu Buhari polled a total of 3,430 out of the more than 7,000 delegates’ vote.
It is only General Muhammadu Buhari, in the whole of this country that can still be enjoying mass appeal of the people. A lot of things that are unexpected happened at the primaries held in Lagos, but one of those things that came to the open was the acceptability of General Muhammadu Buhari in the South-west and the South-South by the people.
The massive support given to General Muhammadu Buhari during the concluded primaries has broken the jinx that was associated with him as a strong religious bigot, who only cares for the Muslims.
Those who tagged him with such incredulous label are political adversaries that are threatened by the support he enjoys from the people of this country.
It is clear, therefore, that General Muhammadu Buhari in the election proper in 2015 would give the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan a good run for his money. Most of the co-contenders like the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar have shown good sportsmanship by conceding defeat and congratulating General Buhari for his victory.
The task has now shifted from General Muhammadu Buhari to all
the party men and women to now vigorously come out from any shell they may be in to assiduously work for the victory of the party and that of General Buhari at the polls next year.
General Buhari stand a good chance in becoming the next President of this country in next year’s election once the people will put aside any primordial interest and work in unison for the success of the party and the candidate against the dreaded PDP and its candidate.
People should eschew political rancor and money bags and vote according to their conscience in order to ease out the PDP and their presidential candidate.
The people have suffered too much especially in the North East where insurgents have ravaged so many towns and villages with scores of people losing their lives and hard-earned properties worth billions of naira.
Insecurity has scuttled the business opportunities of the people as people now live from hand to mouth. The time for General Buhari’s presidency is now and the people should rally around and see to its actualisation.
General Muhammadu Buhari will transform this country that all can claim to be worthy of living in. This generation and indeed future generations yet unborn have no other country than Nigeria and we must stay here and salvage it together.
Santuraki, a Political Analyst/public Commentator, wrote in from No2 Santuraki Close, Jambutu Ward, Jimeta-Yola.