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Former Minister weighs opposition's election chances

02 April 2014, 08:34

Abuja - Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), Nasir El-Rufai, is confident of the opposition’s chances against the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s election.

“Those speculating on this and advising me on all manners of persons and religions should know my views as follows; APC will present an integrity-competence ticket not religion. Politics and governance are not to be mixed or dictated to by any religion.

The APC will present to Nigerians the best persons with the integrity, capacity and competence to create jobs, fight corruption and rebuild our nation without discrimination. How these persons worship the Almighty God is private to them and does not matter to discerning Nigerians, particularly young people that suffer most from bad governance, unemployment and the Jonathanian culture of impunity,” he said.

He alleged the PDP had no record to show other than escalation in corruption, grand larceny, trillions missing, private jets and deaths of innocent people.

“The PDP's only "winning strategy" is built around promoting and financing regional and religious division, and using the proceeds of corruption to buy the military, police and INEC officials rig the next elections.

"They will be defeated no matter what they think because Nigerians are wiser and will not be taken for a ride any longer,” El-Rufai said.

The APC is seen as posing the biggest threat to the ruling party’s stranglehold on power in next year’s general poll.

– CAJ News

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