The All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, said he is ready to queue behind whosoever emerges as the candidate of the party in the presidential primaries slated for later in the year.
Buhari, a former head of state who has contested in the presidential polls, spoke yesterday, at a rally tagged: “National Youth Alliance for Buhari,” a coalition of youth organizations canvassing for him to throw his hat into the ring in the 2015 presidential election.
The APC leader thanked the youth organizations for their support, saying, “With your support, I intend to offer myself for the position of the president of the republic on the platform of our great party. I intend to make a formal announcement soon.
“If I get the party nomination, I expect you will redouble your effort and commitment until we clinch the presidency. But in the event that it happens to be one of the other aspirants wins, I will expect you as good party men to extend to him your total support.
“We are a united party and united we shall remain, because our strength lies in our unity.”
Buhari also used the occasion to warn the youth and his supporters against any form of violence.
“I must warn all my supporters, volunteers and other well-wishers within the party or even out of it not to insult or be rude to any other aspirant or party leader on my behalf.
“My supporters must not engage in any kind of behaviour or conduct that will tarnish the image of any leader or promote division and rancour within the ranks of the party,” he pleaded.
Earlier, different youth leaders from across the six geo-political zones, while appealing to the General to contest the presidential election, said he remained the only candidate that can save the country from the political mis-rule of the PDP.
According to Kabiru Sanni from the North West zone, “We appeal to you to save this country as it is going down daily. Things are getting worse and we believe you are the one that can save this country. We will continue to support you.”
Also, Jasper Azuh from the South East spoke in the same vein, stressing that with Buhari in the saddle, the Second Niger Bridge which he said had been in the pipeline for a long while would be built.
On his part, a former president of the National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, who incidentally is the National Director of Youth Support Group, Daniel Ojeh, said: “I stand on behalf of Nigerian youth to state that change is imminent. Buhari is not a religious bigot as they would want us to believe. It is a campaign of calumny by those that have held us captive. Buhari is the simplest Nigerian you can interact with.”