Governors’ election fiasco shows Jonathan’s 2015 tactics-ACN

Lai Mohammed

NGF election has taught the president that there is a limit to the abuse of power.

The Action Congress of Nigeria has described as a bad omen for the 2015 general elections, the rejection of the result of the Nigerian Governors Forum, by governors, who according to the party “are undoubtedly acting the script written for them by the presidency and the leadership of the (Peoples Democratic Party) PDP.”

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the message from the presidency, and the “puppet governors”, to the nation is that the outcome of the 2015 elections will only be valid if a certain candidate emerges the winner.

”If an election involving only 35 governors can generate so much controversy and threaten to overheat the polity, what will happen when millions of Nigerians vote in 2015? Is this how President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the godfather of the losing governors, has been sanitizing the electoral process as he has been enthusing?” the party asked.

“The show of shame by the bad losers supporting Governor Jonah Jang, ofcourse at the behest of the presidency, is an extension of the threat that has been issued by some rabble-rousers that it is either Jonathan for 2015 or there will be no Nigeria as we know it.

“This is the ‘Gbagbo Option’ that plunged Cote d’Ivoire into a crisis in which it is yet to fully emerge. This is what the puppet governors are pushing for, hence they must be called to order urgently,” the statement said.

The election, conducted on Friday, has stirred immense controversy after Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state was declared winner. He defeated Plateau state’s Jonah Jang 19 to 16. Mr. Jang has led more than a dozen governors to reject the results, and has declared himself the winner.

The ACN said the governors’ claim that the election was rigged because the ballot papers were not serialized, was meaningless since they first agreed to take part in the poll.

”Couldn’t they have raised an objection and refused to participate? Were they dragged to the venue of the polls screaming and kicking? If so where is the evidence that they were forced to act against their will?” it queried.

ACN also condemned the “meddlesomeness” of the presidency in the election of what is not, in reality, more than a social club; and particularly criticized Mr. Jonathan, as the leader of his party and of the country, for expending so much of the little goodwill he has on the NGF elections.

”Irrespective of the tepid denial by the presidency, Nigerians are aware that the arrowhead of the puppet governors, Governor Godswill Akpabio, is acting at the behest of the presidency. What President Jonathan did by his meddlesomeness is to stake his presidency on the NGF elections, thereby making the elections a referendum on his leadership of his party and country. In both instances, he got the outcome he deserved: A leader who cannot hold his party together cannot hold a nation together,” the party said.

Lesson to learn

ACN said the outcome of the NGF election has taught the president that there is a limit to the abuse of power.

”And here are some of the lessons that the presidency should learn, if it so wishes, from the outcome of the NGF elections: there is always a limit to hubris and the use of naked power against perceived opponents. Needless to say that latent power is more potent than naked power. A leader should never do things just because he can,” they said.

Adding that “the presidency and the ruling party have lost control of themselves. They are bound to also lose control of the nation -democratically – in 2015. Make no mistake about it!”

Meanwhile, the ACN has called for a probe of the apparently forged document being circulated by the losing governors to show they had harvested the signatures of 18 governors pushing for a consensus candidate just before the elections.

ACN advised Mr. Akpabio and his group to accept the result of the NGF elections instead of threatening to break the NGF – and overheat the polity – just to satisfy their masters, saying national interest should supersede parochial interest.


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  • anthony

    Lia lia Mohammed should please close his mouth ƒσя once. His too much talk his making people dislike ACN now.

    • Frank

      Fake Anthony,I dislike you instead…..what is the lie in Mr Mohammed’s statement,is it not true Ameachi won a landslide?or is Akpabio not the leader of the puppet Governors?after destroying Akwa Ibom’s politics,he’s now out to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.

      • Afam

        Did you say he destroyed Akwa Ibom Politics? how? the massive development in Akwa Ibom state is there to speak for itself..Let us remove politics from this..

        • Sadiq Garba

          Development in Akwa Ibom?
          Well the meaning of development may differ from place to place.

  • The ambassador

    AcN s no alternative. Their criticism stinks of crass mediocrity and outright rascality. They dont mean this nation any good at all. I smell too much tribal and religious bigot ism. No simple better offer. Too much whimpering and complains

    • Olly

      Wait a minute!What is the basis of the spurious claim that ACN has tendencies of religious bigotry?You can accuse ACN of everything except this because there is no shred of evidence to support such a baseless and shameless lie.You are probably a stooge of the people who just got their ass kicked.That is why you’ve decided to spew nonsense and call it a comment.Ambassador of untruths!

      • The ambassador

        Olly, then you must be blind and deaf to events around you. With that burukutu-drinking, and Kola-nut chewing, crying ex-general there, terrorism and bokoharamism wll be the lot of this country if by error he is elected

        • Olly

          Just listen to yourself.Lookat the way you analyse issues in ignorance.Honestly, not every Tom,Dick and Harry should comment on issues just because they have an opinion,cause it turns out to be balderdash like the rantings you’ve been typing.Senator Ndume is not a member of ACN,he belongs to the PDP and yet you still claim that the former is encouraging religious bigotry.Again,you don’t seem to know the difference between a political merger and a political alliance.Hence,your indiscriminate conflation of MuhammaduBuhari(if I were him,I would sue you for the libelous statement you made about him) and the ACN.I can only assume that your alibi for all the crap you’ve been vomiting is that you are an imbecile.

  • Ayo Yussuff

    So what does APC expect??? that PDP will allow NGF under a PDP gov to attack their Policies and programs without fighing back??? They should make do with the “half dead” NGF with ameachi as leader. abi dem think GEJ or Pdp na mugu???? Mchewww!!!!!