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Opposition lashes 'incompetent' Jonathan administration

07 January 2014, 08:12Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a new attack on the Presidency as it accused Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of incompetence.

“The Presidency is behaving like a punch-drunk boxer who, clearly dazed by a barrage of right-on-target punches from the opponent, ran to the ropes and started punching the air, when he should be thinking of a comeback strategy,” the party said in a statement issued by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

“This presidency is definitely dazed from its own failings, the collapse of the party that sired it and the opprobrium being poured on it daily by Nigerians who are grossly disappointed at its woeful performance and clear lack of direction. We are therefore not surprised that in addition to incompetence and cluelessness, it has now resorted to twisting facts,” said PAC.

The party challenged the Presidency to tell Nigerians when the party called on President Jonathan to respond to former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter, as claimed by the Presidency on Monday.

“What we said, in our press release dated Dec. 13th 2013 and entitled 'APC to Jonathan: Don't take Nigeria back to Abacha days', was that President Jonathan should address the allegations that he has put 1 000 Nigerians on a 'political watch-list', in addition to training snipers at the same facility where Abacha's killer squad was trained. Even then, our grouse with the President's letter is not that he should not have responded, but that he should have exhibited a high level of decorum in his response, bearing in mind that the presidency is an institution that should not be dragged into the mud, while the president is only a tenant,” Mohammed stated.

“In order to show clearly that the presidency either did not understand our subsequent press release on the lettergate or has decided to distort our stand, we hereby reproduce the relevant part of the second statement we issued on Dec. 26th 2013, on the basis of which the presidency has misfired: 'The party said while it is not interested in joining the fray over the issues contained in the letters written by both men, the decision by the President to go personal in his reaction crossed the threshold of decency and brought the presidency - and indeed the country - into disrepute. It said in other climes, the President would have simply issued a terse response to such a letter denying the allegations that border on national security, if any; as well as saying the former President's observations have been noted, and that the government would study them and then engage with the former President in private, while assuring that the ship of state is on course,” he added.

He scoffed at accusations that APC was inconsistent and practiced double standards.

“The problem with this Presidency is that it still cannot get over the fact that our leaders, including Chief Bisi Akande, Gen. Muhammadu Buhar.0i and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have decided to put their differences aside and make personal sacrifices to rescue Nigeria from the PDP death grip,” Mohammed said.

– CAJ News


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