By Vincent Ujumadu
THE Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, the political party likely to field General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) as its presidential candidate in next year’s election, has said the North would not decide for the party how it would go about the election.
Anambra State Chairman of CPC, Major Chuba Ikeagwu (rtd), told newsmen in Awka that the insinuation that the North might eventually present a consensus candidate to challenge a candidate from the South would not work because all the political parties have their different programmes which they intended to execute for Nigerians.
“Buhari is a man of integrity and he is carrying the banner of CPC. CPC is God’s own project meant to salvage Nigeria and we plead with Nigerians to give the party a chance.
“The North cannot determine for the political parties how they should go about their business because it is not the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. There are electoral guidelines and the Electoral Act and a group of people cannot arrogate to itself the powers of the electoral umpire,” CPC said.
“The best that can happen next year is for some political parties to reach an agreement to support each and not for all the candidates to withdraw for one person. Whatever decision the North will take, the political parties must hold their primaries and select their candidates,” Ikeagwu said.
He said the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the North for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries was not a source of worry for CPC, as Buhari who will run on the platform of CPC, is the candidate of all Nigerians.
Besides, he said, Atiku was not a reliable politician, having been running from one party to the other, recalling that he left PDP for AC and when he realized that AC was down, he ran back to PDP.
On the 2011 elections, he suggested that all election offenders should be jailed fours years without option of fine so that they would be in prison throughout the four –year tenure, adding that it was due to the mild punishment of election offenders that has continued to encourage the malpractices.
The chairman said that having established offices in all the local government areas of the state, the next move would be to embark on door to door campaign to sensitize the people.