Former military ruler and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the last election, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has a vision of what awaits the ruling PDP.
He says the PDP will be consumed by a political revolution unless it adopts ‘real democracy.’
"If there is no social justice, there will be revolution in one way or the other. The PDP does not believe in real democracy and I hope they are strong enough to go through the consequencies of their injustice,"Buhari said yesterday in Kaduna at the launch of a poverty alleviation programme of the member of the House of Representatives representing Kaduna North on the platform of the CPC, Alhaji Usman Bawa.
According to Gen. Buhari, the PDP would be thrown into political turmoil by 2015 which would then trigger a revolution that would put an end to what he called the injustice and stealing entrenched by the party.
The PDP,he stressed, was not interested in social justice and transparency and asked Nigerians and his supporters in particular to protect their votes during the elections and avoid being manipulated by opponents.
He said: "The question of the PDP and its leadership, they don’t accept social justice. If there is no social justice, in a question of time there will be revolution in one form or the other. After the last general election, we went as far as to the Supreme Court.
"But after that, what happened in Kogi State, Adamawa and Sokoto states and the bye-elections made us believe that PDP leadership is not prepared for real democracy and social justice. And I hope they will be strong enough to go through the consequences of their injustice.
"I want to speak of what happened in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State. Members of CPC in Kaduna State, the elected members of PDP from the Senate, House of Representatives and the state Assembly, went to educate people in Igabi and made sure that there was free and fair election and the CPC won.
"What I am advocating is for the local government election and 2015 general elections to be free and fair. Every local government and constituency must behave like Igabi. If you don’t want to win, but to remain as slaves in your own country, then you can go home and sleep. Otherwise, if you must fight for your right, you must wake and ensure that justice is done.
"You must make sure that your votes count. To prove to you that there is not going to be justice under PDP and its leaders, look at what happened in the hearing on fuel subsidy in the National Assembly; pension funds.
"People are dying in twos while others are syndicates of thieves, with people stealing and keeping money in their houses up to the tune of two billion naira. By 2015, whoever steals public funds has automatically sentenced himself to death.
"We know that we were rigged out in last election. Nothing can happen unless there is justice. What I said before, I still stand by it. Akaa’sa, a tsare, a raka, a hana, a taba, (display the election materials, protect, escort, prevent rigging).
"From now, if you want justice politically, you must all emulate Igabi. Otherwise, the situation we are in will continue to deteriorate. May God give you the patience to endure the hardship that you have been subjected to, the money to educate your children, build roads, hospitals and provide the required security is been stolen abroad. Nigerians must rise against this attitude; it is your right."
He lamented the looting of pension funds, saying such financial fraud could not take place under a government that believes in justice and transparency.
On its part, Peoples Democratic Party yesterday condemned a former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, for predicting a likely revolution in 2015.
The party described Buhari as a serial election loser who does not believe in democratic tenets.
The PDP made its position known in a statement in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Olisah Metu.
The party said: "The Peoples Democratic Party has described the former military Head of State and the Presidential flag bearer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) General Mohammadu Buhari as a despot who despite pretences has never hidden his disdain for elected government.
"Buhari' statement where he said a revolution was imminent against the PDP led federal government, is a frustration of a serial election loser.
"Buhari's statement did not come to us as surprise. It is a sure sign of frustrations over his inability and that of his Party to win elections. Besides, it is a signature tune of all despots who despite pretences to new ideology often betray the old habit that hardly dies."
"However, what revolution is Buhari looking for? If after truncating democratic process in 1984, General Buhari today enjoys the fundamental tenets of democracy as in freedom of speech which he denied Nigerians, what revolution is greater?"
"The PDP further said it was unfortunate that the former head of state have not accepted the fact that his ideology has clearly been rejected by the people at the polls and affirmed by the courts.
"What is revolutionary, the statement continued, is the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan; his bold steps in returning our great country to the visions of our founding fathers. What is revolutionary is the passage of the Electoral Act which facilitated general elections adjudged by local and international observers as most credible in our recent history."
"Would Buhari have signed into law, the Freedom of Information Act if he were President? So hat revolution is he referring to?
"What is revolutionary if he must know further is the transparency of
on-going probes by the National Assembly, which is a firm step in the fight against corruption".
"We know that Gen. Buhari is artful in truncating elected governments. His three -time failure on the platform of different political Parties to win election is driving him to the old habit. Unfortunately for him, Nigerians are not interested in his type of revolution."