The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that re-electing President Goodluck Jonathan will constitute danger to the country, while blaming the country’s woes on the president.
In a statement issued in Osogbo yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said under President Jonathan’s watch, the country had been thrown into unprecedented crisis.
The party also accused Jonathan of using national institutions, like the police and the army, to intimidate and harass ordinary citizens and opposition supporters.
The APC stated: “As we write, there are contrived crises in Rivers and Edo, where a handful of lawmakers, with the backing of higher authorities, have been terrorising the Houses of Assembly in their states and defying court orders at will, with the ultimate prize for the renegades being the states’ chief executives; and there is crisis in Adamawa, where an impeachment plot has been undoubtedly instigated and hatched by higher authorities, despite tepid denials, and soldiers have been deployed to cage very high state officials.
“In Ekiti, several billions of naira was allegedly scooped from a massive political war chest to subvert democracy, induce voters and upturn all known political theories to such an extent that all that anyone seeking to be elected now has to do is to dole out stolen public funds to a people already rendered comatose and impoverished by runaway corruption, glaring incompetence and sheer cluelessness that are the hallmarks of the Jonathan administration.”
The party said the only thing that interests President Jonathan was his re-election, saying: “While he pursues that goal with vigour, the over 200 missing girls in Borno State can stay where they are being kept by their abductors for over three months now; and the daily carnage in the North-East as well as Kaduna, Nasarawa and Benue can continue, even though over 12,000 people have been killed and 8,000 maimed. Once the president continues to play his dangerous politics of re-election, which involves using state resources and national institutions to muscle and muzzle the opposition; the press and ordinary citizens, all is well in the eyes of his purposeless party.”
The party stated that Nigerians were now more divided among ethnic and religious lines, “no thanks to a president who is so obsessed with power that he will not hesitate to cash in on the nation’s fault lines, abuse federal institutions, compromise once-credible public commentators to mortgage their integrity on the altar of greed, and disregard the Electoral Act by kick-starting campaign before the starting gun is fired.”