The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Saturday said the ruling Peoples Democratic Party was Nigerians’ worst nightmare in the last 16 years of democracy.
He added that Nigerians would be making the greatest mistake if they re-elected the party in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
The APC flag bearer, who was addressing supporters and party stalwarts at the North Central zonal rally of the party held in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, said Nigeria was characterized by corruption and ethnic sentiments in the last 16 years of the PDP administration.
He, therefore, said Nigerians must make a choice and the right choice that would guarantee the future of the next generation.
“PDP has destroyed Nigeria”, he said. “They have made it a tradition to create poverty and crisis in the country”.
Buhari pointed out that there was no reason why Nigeria should import petrol from the International market while its refineries are deliberately destroyed and kept idle.
“Before, we use to have airline companies, shipping companies, railways, and four refineries namely Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna and Lagos where our petroleum products were refined for domestic use and 22 depots but PDP has destroyed them and the country now has to import fuel”, he said.
“Don’t make a mistake and vote PDP again because they have made it a tradition to destroy the country’s potential and image for selfish reasons”.
Mr. Buhari urged the electorate to vote APC at all levels of the elections even as he urged voters to ensure they wait behind and protect their votes after casting their ballot.
In his remarks, the host governor, Tanko Al-Makura, said PDP had caused untold hardships to Nigeria and must be voted out in the March 28 and April 11 elections.
Gov. Al-Makura, who is the North Central coordinator of the APC, said the zone fully endorsed Mr. Buhari’s candidature with Plateau state taking the lead followed by five other states including FCT.
“Plateau, Benue, Kwara, Niger, Kogi, FCT and Nasarawa the birth right of the APC presidential candidate have resolved to vote for APC and to ensure that change is made in the general elections”, Mr. Al-Makura said.
The governor explained that the potential of the former head of state had risen by over 80 per cent compared to 2011 and that APC would sweep the entire zone from the house of assembly to the presidential elections.
“I am not surprised because the track record of Buhari speaks for itself; a role model, a detribalized Nigerian, and anyone who means good for this country will surely vote for Buhari for the country to move forward”, Mr. Al-Makura said.
He said the time had come for change and that a vote for Mr. Buhari would not be a waste but a value for the country.
“Vote for Change between rule of law and impunity, between civility and brigandage, change between excellence and brutal governance, the time for change is now and the leader of that change is General Muhammadu Buhari”, Mr. Almakura said.