What Does Buhari Want? By Adewale Maja-Pearce.

Rivers of Hope

By Adewale Maja-Pearce

One might have guessed it. No sooner was the new mega-party registered than Buhari declared that he would put himself forward as it’s presidential candidate come 2015, contrary to the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that neither he nor Tinubu would vie for any elective posts but throw their weight behind a younger man, possibly from the North.

However, being a born-again democrat who believes in ‘internal democracy’ he promised to abide by the rules. If another clinched the prize he would ‘still support the party’, which is as maybe. In an earlier statement some months back he appeared to make this contingent on the emergence of ‘a formidable and better candidate than me’. Who might such a candidate be? And will he bow to the party’s wishes – internal democracy – should he consider the chosen one (a subjective matter) less ‘formidable’ than himself? This is said against the background…

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