Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has branded President
Goodluck Jonathan as "Nigeria's number one enemy" because of his
alleged propensity to perpetrate impunity, abuse federal institutions and
In a statement issued by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said under President
Jonathan's watch, Nigeria had been thrown into unprecedented crisis that is
manifesting in the opposition strongholds of Rivers, Edo, Adamawa and Nasarawa
States and elsewhere across the country.
The President had allegedly abused national institutions
perhaps more than any other President in Nigeria's history, deploying the
police and the army to intimidate and harass ordinary citizens in general and opposition
supporters in particular.
''Under President Jonathan, there is no longer the need
to make any electoral promises or carry out people-oriented and quality of life
projects. Just distribute bags of rice, expired or not, to a people already
famished by a clueless federal government, and tuck in a few naira notes into
the pockets of electorates who have been deliberately impoverished. This is a
clear subversion of democracy," APC stated.
''With such huge funds now being allegedly channeled to
Osun to thwart the will of the people ahead of the 9 August governorship
election, in an attempt to repeat the Ekiti 'experiment' which the PDP-led
federal government deemed to have been a 'success', it is now clear the
Jonathan Administration will not pull any punches in subverting democracy ahead
of the 2015 general elections."
The party criticised the handling of the crisis that saw
the kidnapping of over 200 girls in Borno and the daily carnage in the
North-east as well as Kaduna, Nasarawa and Benue.
Over 12 000 people have been killed and 8 000 maimed.
"Unfortunately, in the midst of all the shenanigans,
Nigerians are more divided than ever along 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 shamelessly mortgage their integrity on
the altar of greed, and disregard even the Electoral Act by kick-starting
electioneering campaign before the starting gun is fired," APC stated.
No response could be obtained from the Presidency
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