In view of the way things are goingÂ in our polity since the inception of the administration of the Acting President, the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, has queriedÂ the status of the Government of National Unity, GNU, which is under the chairmanship of the Acting President.
According to PPA National Publicity Secretary, Mr Ben Onyechere, â€œthis is more so because tongues are wagging as to what has become of the once cherished project of the President. At the formation of the GNU, a lot of consultative meetings were held even till President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua got very ill, there were serious interactions, one of which was the presence of GNU members in the government at ministerial level.â€
Adding that the PPA as an independent political party came third in the general elections, he said in a statement in Abuja that â€œwe doÂ not derive legitimacy from the GNU,Â which itself was the idea of presidency,Â as such we demand in categorical terms, the status of that coalition which served to stabilize the polity.
â€œIf Acting President Goodluck Jonathan feels there is no more need forÂ that arrangement, as a gentleman which we think he is and as the chairman of GNU, he should not hesitate to tell us. We are already aware that some people are clamouring to extinguish that arrangement. We also know that the Acting President is resisting them, but that is not enough. He must come out with same vigor on which the GNU was formed.
â€œAs a progressive party, the PPA will remain undaunted in highlighting issues that border on the welfare ofÂ Nigerians, whether we are or out of GNU. We only demand to be accorded the same measure of respect, bearing our contribution, which from all indication were cherished by the Presidency.
“The Acting President has done well so far but he must remember that some people are bad influence on democracy and as such, he must be careful not to dent his image,â€ the party added.