She disclosed this in an interview during her first official visit to South Africa since she was elected in power
Banda who applauded the military for restoring order said DPP's plan B was to use a military coup if Peter Mutharika fails to inherit the presidency from his late brother.
She claimed that some top military officials tipped her about a coup plot soon after the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika was announced.
"The army had an opportunity to take over, in fact for your own information i am told that the army was persuaded to say if we can,t have it she can,t have it just take over but the army resisted such temptations" disclosed Banda
"The fact that the army stood up and restored order is the sign that Malawi has matured as far as democracy is concerned" added Banda
Banda who cited the recent coup in Mali said its high time that Africa should not allow conflicts to take place unnecessarily and carelessly since those who bare the consequences of war are innocent people especially the poor.
"If you can observe Africa is doing well, look at Mali they didn't last two weeks, Africans have decided no, we are not going to allow conflicts to take place unnecessarily because at the end of the day innocent people suffer a lot" said Banda