THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has challenged President Jonathan and his party, PDP to explain to Nigerians why over 40 million youths cannot get jobs under his government instead of unleashing his spokesmen, Dr. Doyin Okupe, and Dr. Reuben Abati, on the opposition to defend his failed government and party
Interim National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement, yesterday, said “the reason APC leaders put national interests above personal considerations is to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of the PDP and a mediocre presidency, both of which have failed the citizenry and dimmed their hopes, not because of power-for-power sake, which, it said, is the mantra of the PDP”.
His words: “Nigerians want to know why over 40 million youths cannot get jobs under a government that gleefully touts a six percent GDP growth. Nigerians want to know how 400,000 barrels of oil are being stolen daily and who the thieves are. Nigerians want to know why the country is more divided than ever, under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan, and why corruption has become a bigger monster in the years under the PDP.
“The 2015 elections will be fought on the platform of issues, not meaningless attacks on personalities and attention-diverting tales like how General Buhari wants to stage a comeback, or how Asiwaju Tinubu wants to expand his imaginary empire.’’
“These are what Nigerians are interested in, not continuous muck-raking about opposition leaders like General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. For example, Nigerians want to know why the country can still not feed itself after 14 years of endless promises by the PDP; Nigerians want to know why they cannot be protected by their government when the security of lives and property is the rason d’etre of any government.
On how APC will transform the country if it succeeds in ditching the ruling party in 2015 election, APC said “Our eight cardinal programmes, which we shall be articulating in the days ahead, represent a summary of how we intend to rescue the long-suffering citizens as well as our nation. These are War Against Corruption, Food security, Accelerated Power Supply, Integrated Transport Network, Free Education, Devolution of Power, Accelerated Economic Growth and Affordable Health Care.
“Our guiding philosophy will derive its impetus from these seven principles: Belief in, and the fear of God; Upholding the rule of law; Preserving national unity; Pursuit of a just and egalitarian society; Building of strong institutions; Commitment to social justice and economic progress; and Promoting representative and functional participatory democracy.
“These are the issues we will be enunciating in the days ahead as we steer the politics of our nation away from jejune matters that are at the core of the PDP misrule to serious issues of relevance that will benefit our people under an APC federal government,’’ the party said.
APC called on INEC to sanction any party that violates its ban on early campaigns for the 2015 elections.