The All Progressive’s Congress (APC) has warned President Goodluck Jonathan not to take the nation back to the days of Abacha’s draconian rule.
This came as response to the letter addressed to President Jonathan by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, alleging that the former is training a killer squad for the 2015 general election and has placed about 1000 Nigerian on watch list.
The Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday December 13, 2013.
Mr. Mohammed stated that the allegations should not be trivialised as it emanated from a former leader of the nation and a leader of the same political platform as the President.
“All Nigerians must be worried by these weighty allegations, coming less than 15 years after the long-suffering people had collectively vowed ‘never again’ to a regime like Abacha’s that sent many innocent souls to their early graves and dispatched many citizens into forced exile for merely holding views that were opposed to that of the late dictator’s government.
“We are therefore compelled to call on President Jonathan to urgently address these allegations, which have already sent jitters down the spines of Nigerians, especially those who hold views that are diametrically opposed to the administration’s. The allegations cannot and must not be swept under the carpet; otherwise Nigerians will know who to hold responsible if perceived opponents of the administration come to any harm,” Lai said.
The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary however, stated that the party is optimistic about a better future for Nigeria; noting that the recent realisation of some PDP leaders and members of the negative direction the PDP has steered the nation since it was handed the leadership of the nation in 1999.
“We are not concerned by the dirty politics in the PDP and the glaring fact that the behemoth is sinking fast. What bothers us is the impact that the death throes of this rudderless party will have on our fragile polity.
“We in the opposition have shouted ourselves hoarse about the failings of the successive PDP administrations, especially the Jonathan government, in critical sectors of the economy, in particular the worsening unemployment that has put the nation on tenterhooks
“We have said the Boko Haram crisis cannot be resolved by military onslaught alone and that it must be tackled from its roots; that corruption has reached an unprecedented level; that the investments by the oil majors in that sector have dwindled dangerously; that the discovery of Shale oil in the US threatens our economy; and that the government must move fast to check the unprecedented high cases of crude oil theft.
The Party said it has also expressed concern about President Jonathan’s victimisation of some people he perceives as his political adversaries.
“We have also issued numerous interventions on the victimization of perceived political opponents of President Jonathan, citing the case of Gov. Chibuike Amaechi as a reference point; that the Jonathan administration has taken Nigerians for granted by ignoring monumental cases of corruption and even embracing known corrupt officials as long as their deep pockets can benefit the President’s political machinery, and that the National Conference will not serve any purpose since it was conceived as a political gimmick rather than a genuine effort to help lift our country.
Lai Mohammed added that the APC is impressed with the issues raised by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter to President Jonathan, which has also been issues the party has raised in the past.
“Our party is delighted that these same issues were raised in the letter by President Jonathan’s estranged political Godfather, his very own party man. We recall that a few days earlier, another top PDP bigwig and the nation’s number four citizen, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, had lampooned the Jonathan administration’s apathetic fight against corruption.
“Because truth is constant, gradually but surely, people are rising above partisanship to join those of us who have been warning, ceaselessly, that the ship of state is heading for the rocks because the Captain has decided to ignore the radar and steer the ship blindly even in turbulent waters. This jettisoning of partisanship and the coming out of heads that have been buried in the sand for so long represent a good omen for Nigeria,” the APC said on Friday, December 13, 2013.