The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i on Wednesday said he spent over two years trying to persuade President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari to accept to re-contest the 2014 presidential elections.
General Buhari had in 2011 said he would no longer run for presidency again after losing out in three previous elections.
But El-Rufa’i said he convinced the General to change his mind.
“I met General Buhari in September 2011, after the elections and after he declared not to run for any position again. I told him that we should start planning ahead of the 2015 elections. He told me that he had relinquished politics and would not reverse his decision. He insisted that he was not going to change his mind but I kept on pleading with him to run for presidency again.
“I am not the only person talking to the General on the matter. There were other people. He was actually not happy with us but we kept on begging him. I spent two and a half years talking to him before he accepted to re-contest in 2014.”
He said his party was of the view that the ruling PDP will not concede defeat in the presidential polls easily and might manipulate the results.
“We were in a dilemma thinking that the PDP will cause chaos using armed thugs and changed the result in their favor. We also thought that either the security personnel or election officials will connive with the PDP to rig the election. We thank God they conceded in the end."
He alleged that the ruling PDP planned to rig the Kaduna state governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday.
“The PDP has planned to manipulate the elections in many ways; first, to connive with INEC officials to jettison the biometric card readers and inflate figures and secondly to cause violence in areas where they anticipate failure.”
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