By Nigerians Abroad news wire
A prominent Nigerian diaspora group based in Leicester, UK - Support Option A4 Group - has endorsed the candidacy of Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate Tunde Bakare under the banner of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) for the upcoming presidential election in April.
In a statement made available to nigeriansabroadlive.com, the group identifies 6 key reasons for the endorsement. This includes Buhari promise to remove immunity clause from the constitution, commitment to true federalism, his opposition to god-fatherism, the current government failure on national security, and the ruling party “romance with ex-convict” and threat to ‘national stability.’
On the controversial immunity clause the group says “Buhari has promised to facilitate the removal of immunity clauses from our constitution. Section 308 of the nation‘s 1999 constitution shields the President, his deputy, the governors and their deputies from criminal and civil prosecution during their term in office. With the removal of immunity clauses, The President, Vice Presidents, Governors, Deputy Governors etc can be prosecuted for civil or criminal offenses.”
In addition, the group’s press statement draws the attention of voters to numerous terror acts and political assassinations that continued to threaten lives and properties of majority of Nigerians, and the inability of the PDP-led government to resolve any major crime, satisfactorily, over the past 11 years.
Buhari, a former Nigerian military head of state - from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985 - is widely admired by his supporters for his zero-tolerance on corruption.
Buhari will contest against incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling party - Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - among other contestant, notably Nuhu Ribadu, former Nigeria anti-corruption agency boss.
Nigeria presidential election will be conducted on April 9