|Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari|
Former Head of State and three time Presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said the ongoing merger talks by the major opposition political parties will determine if he will run for president in 2015.
Buhari said this in Abuja on Wednesday [Jan. 16] while fielding questions from reporters after inaugurating the Congress for Progressive Change Merger Committee.
The 18-member committee is saddled with the responsibility of having talks with the Action Congress of Nigeria on the proposed merger.
He explained that the CPC would first conclude discussions with the ACN after which talks would be initiated with the All Nigeria Peoples Party. Buhari, however, assured, “It is not impossible that the new party is presented to the people of Nigeria by the middle of this year”.
The Katsina State-born general, who acknowledged the fact that he had said he would not run for the office of the President again, having failed to win the election three times, said he would wait for the outcome of the merger talks before giving a definite answer.
“For the umpteenth time, I said it (that I won’t run again), it is on record that I would not present myself again for election”.
“But after that, I have said so many times that members of my party and groups went and said that I don’t belong to myself and that I belong to them. They also said they belong to me”.
“I asked them to go and organise the party and if you approach me I may consider it. This is the stage we are”.
“I mentioned it several times and I’m waiting on my party and if we have a merger, it will make things much easier for me. The new party will then decide whether it will offer me its ticket and it is up to me to consider accepting it or rejecting it”.
The committee, he said, should be able to finish its job in six weeks before the two parties would now constitutionally seal the merger in another six weeks.
Buhari said the new party should actively support the restructuring of the country, adding its 36-state structure was not working.