The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as a cruel irony the
accusation of inconsistency and double standards
levelled against its leaders by the presidency, saying an incompetent
and flip flopping administration has no moral authority
to point an accusing finger at anyone, least of all the patriotic and
respectable APC leadership.
”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 in Lagos on Monday 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,” it said.
APC challenged the presidency to tell Nigerians when the party called
on President Jonathan to respond to former President
Olusegun Obasanjo’s scorching 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.
”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’.”
On the accusation of inconsistency and double standards levelled
against its leaders, the APC said the presidency was simply shooting
”The problem with this presidency is that it still cannot get over
the fact that our leaders, including Chief Bisi Akande, Gen. Muhammadu
Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have decided to put their differences
aside and make personal sacrifices to rescue Nigeria from the PDP
death grip. The presidency cannot understand why the permutations of
its fake political consultants, that personality clashes between
Buhari and Asiwaju will not let the APC see the light of day, have
”Also, they have been gripped with mortal fear that the leadership of
the APC has reached out to all Nigerians, irrespective of their
political leanings. They cannot understand that those who are
genuinely committed to rebuilding a nation that has been made so
fractious by a bungling ruling party must be flexible and
accommodating, while holding on tight to their principles,” the party
It urged the Jonathan presidency to expend its energy on telling
Nigerians why it should not be voted out in 2015 for running the most
incompetent administration yet in our country’s history. It should
explain to Nigerians why billions of naira have been squirreled away
under its watch. It should tell Nigerians why they spent their
Christmas and New Year holidays in darkness; why most of our qualified
youth are unemployed, and why the government’s contrived economic
growth has yet to result in economic development (that’s hoping they
know the difference).
”These are the issues that should bother this clueless presidency,
not whether the APC asked President Jonathan to respond to a letter or
not. We are for issue-based engagements, not frivolity-based
exchanges,” APC said.