The hopes of presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, becoming Nigeria’s next president received a boost on Thursday as no fewer than sixteen political parties in Ekiti State declared their support for him ahead of Saturday’s presidential poll.
According to Punch newspaper report online, the political parties, through the Chairman of the African Democratic Congress, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, endorsed the former Head of State at a press conference in Ado Ekiti.
The parties declared that only Buhari, among all the presidential candidates, could deliver the Nigeria’s economy from the shackle of corruption and insecurity, the report stated.
It was also reported that the parties also passed a vote of confidence on INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to conduct a free, fair and credible poll.
Speaking at the occasion, Ogunlola stated that the task of rebuilding the nation was onerous but could be achieved if Nigerians keyed into the ‘change’ message which Buhari had brought.
Ogunlola, a former Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, promised that the 16 parties would work for Buhari’s victory at the poll.
He said, “We have thrown our weight behind Gen. Buhari in the interest of all Nigerians to salvage , liberate and rebuild the country.
“We, therefore, look forward to ensuring the resounding victory of Gen. Buhari, who will break the yoke of insecurity in the country.
“We appeal to eligible voters to actively participate peacefully in these elections and protect the sanctity of the electoral process, devoid of rancor and acrimony since election is a passing phase.
“We call on candidates of all political parties to remember the peace accord signed during the stakeholders’ meeting held recently and discourage their followers from participating in thuggery and politics of bloodshed.
“We, however, express concerns over indiscriminate arrest of opposition leaders in the state by the PDP-led government.”
Ogunlola also condemned the level of insecurity and corruption under President Goodluck Jonathan’s current government, saying Nigerians cannot afford to give the present administration another four years to ruin the country.