December 29, 2014 by Alexander Okere, Benin
The All Progressives Congress on Monday disclosed that only corrupt Nigerians and persons opposed to change were against the election of its presidential flag bearer, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, as President of the country.
The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, madethis known while speaking with journalists in Benin, in view of the speculation that the former military Head of State would probe past political office holders if he emerged victorious in the 2015 presidential election.
Odigie-Oyegun, who stressed that the party was interested in the future of the country, rather than digging into the past, said, “only people I can think of who will fear the Buhari Presidency are those who do not want change; are those who want to continue with business as usual; are those who want to continue to profit from the level of corruption in the society. We will have no apologies for people like that.
“But it is clear that from the Buhari perspective and that of the APC, the future of the people of this country, is too important for us to spend valuable time trying to dig into the past.”
While urging public office holders to desist from corrupt practices, the national Chairman assured Nigerians that the law would take its cause and added that anybody who believed that the future of Nigeria was greater that his or her personal proclivity would have nothing to fear.
He said, “The message will be clear, whatever you engage in before that is detrimental to the people of this country, please stop it; change has come. It is time for change and anybody who decides that he does not want to be part of change and wants business as usual that is his choice.
“And we are going to go into a situation, post May 2015, where the law will normally take its course. There will be a line drawn on the sand,on one part is the past the other side is the future.
“If you are part of the future, part of change, part of changing society from all these deliberating ills that have brought us to our knees, you are our friend. You have nothing at all to fear. We don’t have time to go digging into the past, the future of our people is the challenge that we have not the past.”
The former Edo State Governor described the comment by one President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide where he (President Jonathan) was likened to Jesus Christ as ”the highest blasphemous comment” and “the highest level of sycophancy” he had ever heard, adding that “they will be swept out by the power of the people and God.”
He also expressed optimism that Nigerians would resist every form of rigging in next year’s elections.
Odigie-Oyegun said, “One will hope the PDP don’t rig. Two, I hope they realize that there is a great movement for change and we hope they are wise enough, they recognize it and allow the peoples vote to count.
“The international community has been sensitized. You can only rig when the people largely are on your side. I expect that they won’t be foolish enough to attempt the kind of crude and blatant rigging that can upturn theresults that we expect and upturn the wishes of the people.
“I cannot predict; we are not in control of security forces. We are not in control of the police. We pray for peace; we want peace; we desire peace for the interest of the long suffering people of this country.
“But they will need to do something totally crude that any blind man can see for them to succeed in February 14. That, I think, is virtually impossible.”