A former Minister of Federal Capital Territory and a member of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has officially clarified that he has no any ambition to contest in the presidential election of 2015.
He said it is all imagination of mischief makers, aimed at causing confusion and bad blood in the CPC. He said that he is not in politics for seeking public office but for change and adding value to the lives of Nigerians.
El-Rufai said what Nigerians need is focused leadership that will address the national malaise halting national development.
Speaking to Blueprint yesterday, the former minister said, “I am not in politics to contest elections. And the CPC hopes to merge with other political parties in the near future. We are therefore not even discussing candidates for the presidency right now.”
Debunking insinuation of his presidential ambition, he stated, “These are parts of the efforts of the ruling party to cause distraction, disaffection and confusion within our party. You should expect more as they fail to deliver good governance to Nigerians.”
He noted that it is ‘absolutely’ the workings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who are sponsoring the insinuation.
On reasons behind their formation of a group called CODE with other notable Nigerians, El-Rufai declared, “CODE is a group of concerned Nigerians from what is called the North that decided to come together to study the situation in the country, comment and provide new views and perspectives. We did so to counter the accusations that northern Muslim leaders have remained silent in the face of rising insecurity in our part of the country.”
Meanwhile, the CPC leadership has stated that the party is a child of necessity, according to its spokesperson, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, in a statement.
“The political party we know today as CPC was inspired by the personal and political principles of the man who is now generally referred to as the most popular political figure in contemporary Nigeria – General Muhammadu Buhari.
“The idea to form the party came to some men as they watched the injustice meted to the opposition by the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to all the good citizens of Nigeria who believed in the sound political ideals of the beloved General, by corrupting the electoral structures and processes through which they could vote in the leadership they desired. This was perpetrated by infiltrating the ANPP, and then rigging the presidential elections,” the statement noted.
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