By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA — THE All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, has slammed President Goodluck Jonathan for allegedly identifying with former militants in the Niger Delta who threatened to cause violence should he fail at the February 14 presidential polls.
The APCPCO said in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, that Jonathan’s unholy alliance with people that served a notice of their intention to foment trouble was against the oath of allegiance he swore to over five years ago to maintain the territorial integrity and indivisible Nigeria.
The statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO, Mallam Garba Shehu, condemned the President’s attitude of “condoning treasonable statements and gross indiscipline by some elements of his kinsmen— as a breach of presidential oath to protect all Nigerians and a sheer display of double standard and selective justice.
“How can the President feign ignorance of the war plots and call to arms in Bayelsa State Government House in Yenagoa, supervised by a PDP Governor, Seriake Dickson, and the Presidential Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, with majority of Niger Delta ex-militant kinsmen?
“Whereas this President was quick to condemn MEND for allegedly supporting the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and lambasted claims by the hoax Federal Government-hired Australian negotiator with the Boko Haram, Dr Stephen Davis; publicly bad-mouthed his critics particularly former Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo; yet he has refused to call to order tribal war-mongers like Kingsley Kuku and his cohorts – Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boy Loaf and others.
“This is a total and unequivocal support of Mr. President for aiding and abetting treason in the land, an impeachable offence by all standards.”
It also described as clandestine the procurement and distribution of arms and ammunition across the nation, saying it was a grand design by the President and his party to scuttle democracy or eventually break up the country for parochial gains.
“It is now common knowledge that strange planes and helicopters laden with arms have been landing at unauthorised spots in some parts of the country. The incident in Kano where a cargo plane supposedly going to neighbouring country of Niger landed unexpectedly, and the use of drones one of which allegedly crashed recently; coupled with the shady movement of millions of raw dollars to do undercover black market buying of weapons in South Africa.”
All these incidents ride against the tide of transparency and public accountability and a clear breach of the President’s oath of allegiance to the country’s constitution,” the statement added.