By Gbenga Olarinoye
The newly registered All Progressive Congress (APC) has a warning for Nigerians: President Goodluck Jonathan’s purported re-election bid ahead of 2015 general elections may destroy the country.
“He (President Jonathan) treats national issues with levity. All he is concerned about is his third term. He has reduced Nigeria to kindergarten governance. This is dangerous and may destroy the nation”, Interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, said yesterday. He added: “Jonathan is the most powerful President in the world. He has all the powers arrogated to him, yet he is asking for more”.
Akande, a former governor of Osun State, buttressed his claim that the President is unfit for re-election with the allegation that he wrote two letters to the President as the National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, on national issues, but Jonathan failed to reply.
“I did not see President Jonathan as a serious-minded person. Nigeria’s problem today is Jonathan. I wrote him twice when I was in office as National Chairman of the ACN on issues bordering on the state of the nation and, till date, he did not acknowledge the letters not to talk of replying”, the APC leader, who spoke while fielding questions from journalists on the state of the nation in Ila Orangun, Osun State, said.
He likened President Jonathan’s style of governance to that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying the President keeps harassing anybody that stands on his way with anti-graft or security agencies.
Akande noted that the political crisis in Rivers State was as a result of the President’s ambition to remain in office beyond 2015.
On the quality of the person to flag the APC presidential ticket in the 2015 election, he said, “We want a thinking leadership in this country and not a kindergarten leader like Jonathan.”
The APC leader denied media reports that his party was not keen about the 2015 presidential election,saying he was misquoted.