A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, gave a damning assessment of President Goodlcuk Jonathan leadership qualities, saying all the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are far better than the president.
“Any of the APC aspirants is better than Jonathan; whoever wins the party primary is better than President Jonathan,” Mr. Abubakar said in Minna, Niger State at the public declaration of the founder of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah for the presidential race.
Describing Mr. Nda-Isaiah as a “personal friend,” the former vice president, who is also a presidential aspirant on the APC ticket, disclosed that he and the other four aspirants had agreed to back whoever emerges as the flag bearer during the primary election in other to terminate the Jonathan administration.
He added, “We are united. We have resolved to support whoever emerges.
We are not fighting each other, that is why I am here today. Our target is to rescue the country from the misrule of the PDP.”
Mr. Abubakar lamented the state of the nation under the PDP, saying that it had been grounded to a halt.
He said, “It is a known fact that we don’t have functioning hospitals, no good schools for our children, no electricity and no good road, that is why we must change the PDP government and rescue the country from further harm”.
He asked the APC faithful, particularly those vying for elective positions to return to their wards and constituencies to engender change.
Also speaking at the event, the governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, asked the members of the party to be ready to work hard in other to achieve the desired change.
He stated that Mr. Jonathan and the PDP are not only desperate, but would resist the change the APC was yearning for.
“If you think President and the PDP will just leave office, you are joking,” he said. “We all have to ensure that we work and vote them out. We should be ready to demand and ensure the change, even at a point of death.”
Mr. Amaechi, who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, further stated that the president and the PDP were already manifesting their desperation to hold on to power by the manner the security details to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, were withdrawn.
He also lamented the manner the PDP was using the police and the State Security Service, SSS, saying their actions had given them out as appendages of the party.
“It is a known fact that it is only the National Assembly and the Court that can determine who is the Speaker and not the Police and SSS, so we must all rise and vote the PDP out,” the governor said.