Former Head of State and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday charged party supporters to ensure they register and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), describing it as a gun to be used against corrupt leaders come 2015 election.
According to Buhari without voter card, the electorates cannot bring the desired change and cannot vote out the ruling party from government come 2015.
The former Head of State disclosed this while endorsing former Minister of Federal Territory, Malam Nasir el_Rufai as the governorship aspirant for Kaduna State.
“As you have been told of the importance of your voter’s card by other speakers, let me urge you to ensure that you collect your voters’ card to use in the election come 2015. Your voters’ card is your gun and weapon against incompetent leaders and against destruction of Nigeria.
“Your voters card provide you will all the powers you need to vote out corrupt leaders and to provide change during the election. It will enable you to vote for your senators, your House of representative members, your governors and even the president,” he said.
On why he endorsed el-Rufai, Buhari said “I endorsed el-Rufai as your governorship aspirants because of his competency. el-Rufai has three qualities as a leader which is competence, integrity and courage,” he said.
According to Buhari, Kaduna State citizens would not be doing him a favour by voting el-Rufai as their governor come 2015.
“Whoever is interested for electoral position in government must have integrity and we all know what el-Rufai did in Abuja when he was in government. I am not being arrogant, I am being honest to Kaduna people if you elect el-Rufai as governor you are not doing me a favour but doing yourself a favour,” he said.
He therefore urged the people of the state to fully support the former minister to become the state governor in the next election.
In his remarks, Malam Nasir el-Rufai said before picking the nomination form to contest the state number one seat he consulted widely.
According to him, over the last few months he visited all the 23 local government areas of the state and visited tens of communities.
“Some of the places I visited were so remote, isolated and cut off from government that it would have been difficult to believe that they were part of Kaduna State.
“I consulted widely with people –from traditional rulers, respected elders and public officials that can speak out, as well as ordinary people who have no voice but rely on someone to speak for them. My purpose was to listen to the people and understand what they wanted from the state government and how the government and the people can work together to develop our state.
“To say that I was shocked by the level of neglect is an understatement. Our road networks have fallen into disrepair; our schools have no basic teaching and learning tools; our teachers are not motivated; our hospitals and clinics lack essential resources to mitigate the challenges of healthcare and our civil servants are not being sufficiently motivated.