The vice-presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Saturday said his foray into politics was a great opportunity to salvage the nation.
Bakare spoke when he was introduced to the leaders of the party at a meeting held in Abuja.
“Opportunity itself cannot deliver, it must meet with preparation, it cannot happen in a divided house. What we are after is electoral victory at the first ballot,” he said.
Bakare, who is the running mate of former head of state, Maj.Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (retd.), said the wind of change was blowing across the planet. He added, “The will of the people wrests the power of the incumbent. It has shaken Libya to its foundations. Although our President is not up to a year in office, his own will be easy to dismantle,” he said.
Bakare said he was inspired to run with Buhari because they shared a common vision to bring the Nigerian dream to reality.
Speaking earlier, Buhari said he chose Bakare as his running mate because he recognised the common vision they had for Nigeria.
Buhari said, “When the late President YarAdua was ill, some people wanted to destabilise our country, Bakare mobilised people from across the county and demonstrated. In our group, we signed a letter that there would be no constitutional crisis because the constitution makes provision for a transition.
“We identified the concerns that nobody should cause trouble in our country. That was the beginning of our relationship.”
At a separate event in Kaduna, the Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mallam Sule Hamman, said the CPC would introduce vote canvassers at the ward level to help the party build consciousness on protecting its votes.
Hamman, said, “There are critical roles for the state chairmen because they will supervise the army of people that will protect the choice of our voters.”
He said the presidential campaign train would cover the six geo-political zones of the country in the first week of March.
CPC’ll salvage Nigeria — Bakare