2015: Buhari’s Game Plan Unveiled

General Buhari

Like the proverbial phoenix, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has continued to execute one political resurrection after the other. Following his removal as Head of State in 1985 by the wily General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) many had thought that Buhari would never dream of occupying Aso Rock again, but he stunned all and sundry when he made a bold move for the presidency in year 2003.
Undeterred by his “failure” at both the polls and the courts, the Daura born soldier turned politician tried his luck again in the presidential elections of 2007 and 2011. Though he fought valiantly till the bitter end and might have won at least one of these contests but for some inadequacy on his part and the ruling party’s infamous rigging machine, Buhari’s goal remained unattained. Little wonder the founder of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) decided that he would never vie for the presidency again.
It therefore came as a surprise to many when Buhari whetted his supporters’ appetite ahead of the 2015 general elections by seeming to indicate that he would be involved in the fray. “I won’t quit politics until good governance and sustainable democracy is entrenched in the country”, he declared. “We should not be in any illusion that democratic dividends would ever come to us easily without making sacrifices and the time for proper change is 2015.”
“That unequivocal statement was made following extensive consultations with his supporters all over Nigeria, particularly here in the North,” a top official of the CPC who asked not to be named revealed. “In fact, he has been under pressure to not only run for the presidency again but to begin early preparation right away with a view to putting in place solid structures that would ensure victory later that is if the PDP will be willing to allow free and fair contest. Buhari too believes that with the greed of our electoral officers and the desire of the PDP to spend every kobo from the nation’s treasury, his ambition for the presidency will be as easier as the head of a camel passing through the eye of a needle”.
DESERT HERALD was informed that ahead of Buharis’s surprise declaration in Kaduna penultimate week, a brain-storming session involving his top lieutenants and some influential supporters had reached the following decisions:
* That Buhari should kick-start the 2015 battle in earnest with a view to mobilizing a broad-based support and war chest;
* That some solid political structures should be put on ground early enough, so that the CPC won’t be handicapped during the next general elections;
*That flexibility (rather than rigidity) be brought to bear on the party’s affairs, in order not to alienate their supporters and admirers;
* That in line with the above attitude some personalities who are known as progressives should be encouraged to either join CPC fully or contribute to the party’s success in one way or the other not necessarily in terms of finance and also consider A POSSIBLE alliance with ACN and APGA; and
*That some strategic committees be formed with a view to executing the above and related objectives.
Sources close to Buhari disclosed to our correspondent in confidence that it was in line with these resolutions that CPC formed its “Renewal committee” last week consisting of about 200 members and scheduled to be launched on Tuesday 13 December. The name of erstwhile FCT minister, Nasir el-Rufai along with many of his men feature prominently in the list of the body meant to breathe new life into CPC’s preparations for 2015.
“The Renewal committee will subsequently be divided into several sub- committees for strategic reasons,” one of the sources further revealed. “ Each sub-committee would be charged with specific functions, namely: mobilization, finance, rapid response, media/publicity, etc, etc. In short, we are going to reposition CPC to make it more formidable as a political party, and in fact, become the major political party of the moment”.
As great as Buhari’s game plan is, at least on paper, it still remains to be seen if he can pull it through. For example by 2015 he will be over 70 years old, will he run for the presidency or will another person be given the CPC flag? DESERT HERALD learnt from a credible source that the dark horse that will eventually emerge as the CPC’s presidential candidate in 2015 is Nasir el-Rufai. The source further reveal that Buhari has so much confidence in the former FCT minister and sees him as not only the most credible person at the moment to succeed him but a technocrat with sufficient experience and intellect to manage the affairs of a complex society like Nigeria. El-Rufai is also seen as one that may be accepted in the South, with adequate contact among the elite across the nation and most importantly too his influence and contact with the Nigerian media industry. But far from the issue Rufai’s possible candidacy and the chances of his being accepted is the internal crisis rocking the CPC. How will the no-nonsense general deal with the internal squabbles rocking his party? Can he heal the wounds inflicted on CPC in the heat of the last general poll, particularly over imposition of candidates?  How he handles these and other pertinent posers will make or mar CPC in 2005.
With additional report by Maryam Musa


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4 Comments on “2015: Buhari’s Game Plan Unveiled”

  1. Haruna Muhammad
    December 18, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    How can they present nasir he insulted buhari, his case with pentascope, selling of former Alpha merchant bank shares of his freind Jimmy lawal and eventually made him Chairman sale of federal Govt housing and the missing of billions from the proceed with jimmy just been sacked. They don’t and he does not belong to the progressives but havard based capitalist. Probably they are only intrested in his ? Wealth

  2. Timi
    December 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Buhari is a bad product in nigeria, cpc killed pple bcos of buhari, they can neva rule this 5-in-1 nation called nigeria

    • dr mo
      December 25, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      timi..u naivety and dumb founded skepticism is what is leading this country into turmoil…what better option have u got?

  3. Charas Madu Tella
    January 2, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Timi, you said Buhari is a bad product for nigeria and some people were killed during the post election violence. Well, you are entitled to your oppinion.However, every nigerians including youself that he is far better than Dime Emeaka Ojuoku.

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