Presidency lampoons Tinubu, says electoral victory will continue to elude APC

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Political Adviser to the President, Rufa’i Alkali,  on Sunday said electoral victory would continue to elude the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, until its leaders learn to accept the principle of popular democracy that the electorates have right to choose who should lead them.

Reacting to the allegation by a national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, that President Goodluck Jonathan engineered the impeachment of Murtala Nyako as Governor of Adamawa State despite public pronouncement by Mr. Nyako to the contrary, Mr. Alkali said the APC leaders appeared to have lost their focus since they lost the Ekiti governorship election.

Mr. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State had in a statement on Friday accused Mr. Jonathan and the ruling PDP of contriving Mr. Nyako’s impeachment last Tuesday.

He also accused the president of behaving like a dictator.

Mr. Alkali, a former spokesperson of the ruling PDP, said it was absurd for any political party that wants to win the presidency to denigrate the same office it wants to occupy.

He stated that it was particularly pathetic that Mr. Tinubu, who contributed immensely in the struggle for return to democratic governance, had now joined the league of those engaged in acts that are likely to truncate the same institution he fought for.

“It is very strange for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, someone who has led government before, someone who has been in the forefront of advancing democracy for many years, to descend so low as to cast aspersions on the President of this country on issues he cannot defend,” the presidential aide said.

“It appears to me that since the Ekiti election, which PDP decisively won, Tinubu and APC leaders have lost their focus. This is democracy, it gives everybody the right to speak; but in doing so, you should not undermine institutions of governance, the same institution you are aspiring to take over and manage.

“Recently, the Adamawa State House of Assembly impeached their governor and even as that happened, the APC was up in arms, that it was Mr. President that impeached the governor of Adamawa State.
“Why should he do that and how can he do that? Are you saying the 24 or 25 members of the House of Assembly are not in control of their constituencies, that there are no leaders or stakeholders in Adamawa State who worked for or with former Governor Nyako who could have stopped the impeachment.

Mr. Alkali noted that the PDP had lost a lot to the opposition either in court or through election, yet it stood firm and had continued to build on what it had, while looking forward.

He said just like in Ekiti State where the APC lost in the governorship election last month, the opposition party would still lose to the PDP in next month’s election in Osun State.

He said, “PDP has lost a lot to opposition political parties. I have said this repeatedly either at the court or more recently through defection, yet PDP stood firm and said let us continue to build on what we have and move forward.

“After losing Ekiti, the story has changed. It is time for them to tell one another the home truth. If they are prepared to govern this country, then they must be prepared also to accept the principle of popular democracy that the people of this country would want to choose who should lead them and if they don’t, can’t or fail to convince people, they must also be ready to admit failure.”

“No matter the grandstanding our journey to Osun state continues and surely just as was the case in Ekiti state, the people of Osun state will triumph. We are confident that our candidate Senator Iyiola Omisore is a man of the people.”

 


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  • Young

    Is it not a shame for somebody like Rufa’i Alkali from the north supporting Jonathan again? Where is IGP Ringim? Where is Ahmed Gulak? Where is Bamanga Tukur? Where are the political and regions leaders who supported him in 2011? I think opening mouth like a cow would not save you.

    • solomon

      You cow brother should find out where they.

      TINUBU is criminal and his time is up

      • Dorcas

        What can you do? Nothing! Jonathan’s days are numbered.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      You are right. North should vote for north.

  • Lanre

    Tinubu seem to be a major fear factor for the PDP/Presidency, all his moves send a cold waves down their system. It cool that Alkali acknowledged his personality. but really PDP seem desperate now and impunity as only one ending CHAO.

    • Patrick Ebeleike

      No body is afraid of Tinibu the asiwaju of Yoruba land because he is a Yoruba man so stop gara gara talk it’s all talk and you know it. What can he do except complain and betray when it is right time.

      • Dorcas

        Jonathan is afraid of him… I knew when Jona sent emissaries in 2010 to beg Tinubu to deliver south west for him… maybe this time, Tinubu is not yielding…

        • Patrick Ebeleike

          And you were right there when it happened. The Nija presidency has awsome powers my friend so nobody is afraid of Asiwaju bet you that.

          • Dorcas

            Just wonder why he has not been arrested… I know the president has the power but at the same time the constitution does not allow abuse of power. Any president abusing power will end up abusing himself. There is dignity in behaving according to the respect your office deserves as president. IBB, OBJ, Abacha, etc abused power… where are they today? On the other hand, Mandela had the power to abuse those who maltreated, killed, maimed and destroyed his people including jailing him for 27 years… but he never did… Not even a Pope would have enjoyed the respect and dignity that followed till he died.

          • Wale Reze

            The patrick buffoon won’t reply anymore…. Seems he is quite averse to intellectual chit chats….. Such fellows are lower than dredges of the earth!!!

      • Lanre

        gara gara that make Jonathan to run to Bourdillon days before 2011 election. Jonathan betrayed Nigerians that protest to make him acting president and later voted. you think is magic that he won in southwest

        • Patrick Ebeleike

          Is he not a Nigerian? You people make it sound like he is from a different coutry while you welcome all these people from Niger and Mali up north Why I ask Why?

          • Lanre

            GEJ is a Nigerian that we voted to make changes but what do we get more corruption, impunity, using religion & ethnicity as political tool. Nigeria have never been so divided. sentiment apart what has GEJ done in 6 years for Nigeria. Regardless of which section a leader come from his impacts must be felt. Sincerely you are supporting him base on religion/ethnicity or sectional- perfomance should be the key. PDP have failed us since 1999

          • Patrick Ebeleike

            Lanre heas done more than every other Nigerian president even better than the Otta farm gorilla I know you are proud of. Yes Nigeria leadership is wanting but my friend be for real.

          • Wale Reze

            I really pity people like you who whip up tribal and religious sentiments anytime in intellectual discussions….. Seems that is the new occupation in town: Paid keyboard warriors for political parties….. Just remember your children and grand children would ask you why by your actions left them a country like Nigeria to inherit!!! Yeye dey smell!!!

      • Lanre

        GEJ impunity-A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle/chao is not fit to be a leader

      • Lanre

        Bad leadership is like a flat tire. It’s very hard to go anywhere until you change it. Let’s put new leadership in Nigeria!

        • Patrick Ebeleike

          Tinibu is already flat so what is your point?

  • Wähala

    Sen. Bola Tinubu was the first to call the Confab a farce, his observations about this scam-loan are dead-on right regardless the tantrums from the Presidency. Ekiti election was just one battle in a war to rescue the motherland, robbing it in as if Dr. Dumbo has won re-election is childish and a distraction from the topical issue of “attempted pick pocket” by Jona Dumbo using Boko Haram as alibi. No one is fooled bcos everyone remembers this Govt is currently in court challenging the defections of Lawmakers to APC after failing to declare their seats vacant, this Govt recognizes Gov. Jang as the Chairman of NGF, attempted to impeach Gov. Amaechi with only 4 Legislators, and is yet to congratulate Emir Sanusi L. Sanusi of Kano… So much for accepting defeat gracefully. If Dumbo is sincere and Tinubu is wrong, let this Govt exchange crude for military hardware, just like the Saudis did with the British, and the Americans did with the Iraqis. We’ve got oyel bokun for yonder, Dumbo should trade-by-barter some crude for military equipment instead of raising our debt profile… but, common sense is not found at the presidency. Bottom line, Dr. Dumbo wants to corner our common patrimony for ulterior motives, Tinubu is right… Again!

  • Dorcas

    Petty presidency… only inferior people respond to every criticism.

  • LAWRENCE BROWN

    Every Nigerian knows dat it is jonathan dat is behind the removal/impeachment of Nyako….. We are not dumb/blind nor deaf…. It is critically clear dat Mr. President is d devil dat is behind this impeachment scandal. If not why the acting Governor went into PDP party secretariat and said have delivered. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. (Nigeria don’t have Legislators again especially the Adamawa, Nasarrawa and ——— House of Assembly) The most important thing i know is dat God never sleep nor slumber….. God will destroy everybody dat is behind dis devil activities before d end of dis year…. Let’s leave everything unto God’s power. Because He said all power belongs unto me(JESUS)

  • LAWRENCE BROWN

    Every Nigerian knows dat it is jonathan dat is behind the removal/impeachment of Nyako….. We are not dumb/blind nor deaf…. It is critically clear dat Mr. President is d one dat is behind this impeachment scandal. If not why the acting Governor went into PDP party secretariat and said have delivered. Hmmm, (Nigeria don’t have Legislators again especially the Adamawa, Nasarrawa and ——— House of Assembly) The most important thing i know is dat God never sleep nor slumber….. God will destroy everybody dat is behind dis devil activities before d end of dis year…. Let’s leave everything unto God’s power. Because He said all power belongs unto me(JESUS)