CPC fires back, says Jonathan is clannish, corrupt

The opposition Congress for Progressive Change has hit back at President Goodluck Jonathan, describing him as clannish, corrupt and  inept in the manner he has so far run the country.

In a tersely worded statement Wednesday afternoon, the party, founded by former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari shortly before the 2011 elections, said Mr. Jonathan had become more dangerous and deadly to the country, surrounding himself only with people from his Ijaw ethnic group and manipulating the Christian Association of Nigeria to demonise Mr. Buhari.

The statement, which is in response to that of the presidency, which described Mr. Buhari as a serial election loser renowned for inflaming violence in the country, said the president had done more damage to Nigeria than the extremist Boko Haram sect. 

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) made the remarks in response to the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and President Goodluck Jonathan which had in separate statements Tuesday attacked the former head of state  over a comment credited to him that rigging of the 2015 elections would be met with stiff resistance. 

Mr. Buhari also described the Jonathan-led government as Nigeria’s biggest and most dangerous Boko Haram 

In its statement Wednesday, the CPC declared support for Mr. Buhari’s widely publicized declaration that there would be serious crisis in 2015 if the elections are rigged.

“We stand unwaveringly by the statement credited to GMB [General Muhammadu Buhari],” the party said.

Speaking through a press release by its National Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin, the CPC also launched a barrage of counter-accusations against the PDP, describing the President Jonathan’s administration ‘the most corrupt’ in Nigeria’s history. 

“On Corruption, the Jonathan administration transcends all others before it! Nigerians are still befuddled by the impeachable show of arbitrariness by the regime in expending N2.67Trillion on fuel subsidy instead of the appropriated N240Billion in the 2011 appropriation act,” Mr. Fashakin said.

The CPC, in the statement signed by its spokesperson, Rotimi Fashakin, also responded in details to some of the accusations made by the PDP on Monday, where the ruling party described Mr. Buhari of being ‘blood-thirsty’.

The party said contrary to the president’s insinuation that Mr. Buhari is a regional leader, Mr. Jonathan is a far more clannish and ethnically biased figure.

According to Mr. Fashakin, as Head of State, Mr. Buhari’s Minister for Petroleum was Tam David West, “a Kalabari man in Rivers state”. Mr. Fashakin said President Jonathan had failed to act in a similar fashion.

“All the appointees as Oil ministers in his two-year reign thus far as President of Nigeria have been Nigerians of Ijaw extraction, like himself.” 

The CPC also accused Mr. Jonathan of trying in vain to come to the defence of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), a militant group that claimed responsibility for the Octber 1, 2010 bombings in Abuja.

The CPC described MEND as a “militant group from Dr Good-luck Jonathan’s ethnic extraction”.

“On October 1, 2010, there was a bomb blast during the year’s independence anniversary celebrations, with attendant deaths of many Nigerians. Without waiting for any preliminary report from the Security Agencies, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as President, told a traumatized Nation, ‘it is not MEND!’,” the CPC said.

CPC also came down hard on the president’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, who it said did not seem to understand the real meaning of Boko Haram as postulated by Mr. Buhari.

“In a jejune, puerile, and very pedestrian communication, the presidential spokesman defined Boko-Haram as ‘Western education is sin’ and went on to posit the administration’s investment in Education. How awkwardly inane could that be?

“As GMB aptly stated, Boko Haram has three variants, with varying degrees of severity and murderous content: the original Boko-haram that seeks to avenge the extra-judicial killing of its Leader by the Nigeria Police; the Boko Haram that pursues criminality for monetary gains and of course, the Political Boko-haram that is bent on setting the stage for ethno-religious pogrom in the Nigerian nation. It is the Political Boko Haram, with its extremely lethal content, that the Jonathan-led Federal Government represents,” Mr. Fashakin said.

In order to prove Mr. Buhari’s claim that the government is the real Boko Haram, Mr. Fashakin outlined a number of instances to buttress the claim.

“In January 2012, Dr Good-luck Jonathan told a bewildered nation, still smarting from murderous Bombings, that his government has been infiltrated by Boko Haram.

“In February 2012, a serving PDP senator from Borno South (Mohammed Ali Ndume) was arrested for being a member of Boko Haram.

“In March 2012, Ndume deposed to an affidavit before a Federal High Court wherein he stated that Vice-President Namadi Sambo was aware of his activities with Boko Haram.

“In April 2012, General Andrew Owoeye Azazi, the National Security Adviser, averred that there was indisputable proof that Boko Haram is PDP. As things stand, President Good-luck Jonathan is the national leader of PDP.

“In April 2012, Henry Okah (while standing trial on Terrorism charges) deposed to an affidavit before a South African court that President Good-luck Jonathan was the sponsor of the October 1, 2010 bombing at Eagle square. It is on record that as governor of a Niger-delta state, Dr Good-luck Jonathan (together with his brother governors) had used the MEND to command the attention of the Nigerian state”.

 

 

 

 

 


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  • olugbenga

    When the almighty God wants to bless a nation,he gives them good leaders.What do we say about our present leaders?

  • Ebere2

    Nigerians are quiet,not becos dey cant talk,but waiting 4 u bloody PDP ROBBERS,2 come 2 us for our votes.we will disgrace u…vote PDP OUT COME 2015.I DNT KNOW WHY ACN,CPC LEADERS ARE WASTING THEIR TIME ON JONATHAN,HE IS A DEAD AS MALIWIAN PRESIDENT..
    BUHARI ON POINT….PDP CANNOT USE BUHARI AS A SMOKE SCREEN ANYMORE.
    WE KNOW THE BOKO HARAM.WE WONT TALK UNTIL 2015.

  • Ebere2

    Nigerians are quiet,not becos dey cant talk,but waiting 4 u bloody PDP ROBBERS,2 come 2 us for our votes.we will disgrace u…vote PDP OUT COME 2015.I DNT KNOW WHY ACN,CPC LEADERS ARE WASTING THEIR TIME ON JONATHAN,HE IS AS DEAD AS THE LATE MALIWIAN PRESIDENT..
    BUHARI ON POINT….PDP CANNOT USE BUHARI AS A SMOKE SCREEN ANYMORE.
    WE KNOW THE BOKO HARAM.WE WONT TALK UNTIL 2015

  • YahayaMohammed

    sentiments overshadow foresight, if not on what basis will you compare Jonathan with buhari, for god sake see how gej is running the affairs of Nigeria (subsidy scam,pension scam among others).pdp are just bunch of thieves camouflaging as democrats, any way to fools and idiots they still see pdp are messiah. for the past 13 yrs or so these criminals inflicted untold hardship on Nigerians, youths commit all sort of crime to survive bcos of poverty, just of recent over 1000 Nigerians are jailed in china for illicit drugs dealing while some of our sisters are roaming the streets in Europe doing prostitutions just to survive, but some animals bcos of sentiment still support gej,keep supporting him till he send you to grave.

    • Otopsyn

      Of course my friend,they are not compareable.How can a looser who thirsts for blood and a winner who refuses to donate blood be compareable.They apparently are not compareable.Buhari has already been defeated even befor 2015,and he knows that.

  • sampson chuks

    I HATE HEARING PEOPLE CALL JONATHAN PRESIDENT,WHICH COUNTRY?AS FOR ME THERE IS NO PRESIDENT,RATHER ROBERS HAVE TAKEN OVER ASO ROCK,MEN THAT DRINK OGOGOROO AS THEIR BREAK FAST ARE NOW IN POWER.

    A MAN WHO DID PASS ANY EXAM IS HOLDING A PHD,MAY BE UNIVERSITY OF HOT DRINK,THEIR MEAN OCCUPATION,VERY SOON JONATHAN WILL BE IN PRISON AS WAS HIS MASTER ALIEMASA AND IBORI,

    HOW MUCH DID HE GAVE OBJ FOR HIS EVIL 3RD TERM THAT FAILED?THIS NONSENSE AND PRETENDING NUHU RIBADU ARRESTED HIS WIFE PATIENCE WITH OUR MONEY.ANY ONE THAT COMPARE BUHARI WITH JONATHAN AND FIND JONATHAN BETTER IS MORE THAN MAD.

    GENERAL BUHARI IS THE ONLY NIGERIA LEADER TODAY STANDING WITH A FEW OTHERS,IN A BETTER AND GOOD NATION,HE WILL NOTONLY RULE BUT WILL BE RESPECTED,IF GENERAL BUHARI SINS IS BECAUSE HE REFUSED TO JOIN PDP IN 2002 TO LOOT THE NATION,THEN LET HIM BE THERE FOR US,AS FOR ME AND FAMILY HE HAS OUR VOTES ANY DAY, ANY TIME.

    IF MY LATE FATHER COMEBACK FROM GRAVE TO BECOME PDP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE I WILL ASK HIM WHY AND VOTE AGAINST HIM,A PRESIDENT THAT TALK ANY HOW,TODAY WE HAVE OUR RESPECT HERE IN GHANA FOR DECLARING A NOVICE PRESIDENT.

    LOOK AT WHAT HE DID IN HIS OWN STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION,HIM AND HIS BOY DICKSON WILL END IT THE WAY OBJ AND GBENGA DANIEL ENDED IT IN OGUN STATE.LET THE OPPOSITION FORGET THIS SINKING MAN AND RE ORGANIZE THEM SELF FOR 2015 BY COMING TOGETHER,THUS,ACN 6 STATES PLUS ONDO THAT IS JOINING SOONEST,ANPP 3 STATES,APGA 2 STATES AND CPC 1 STATE WITH GMB INFLUENSE IN NORTH WEST 7 STATES AND NORTH EAST 6 STATES,WITH THIS WE CAN AND WILL UNSEAT PDP

    • Otopsyn

      You seem to be short of facts.Well i won’t bother trying to educate you.However,know this for sure,in any free and fair election,GEJ will hillariously defeat Buhari.We all saw it in 2011,it will repeat itself in 2015.

    • Collins

      Yes! President Goodluck Jonathan is clannish that is why he protects the drug baron,looter of embassy funds, pocketer of visa and e-passport money Ambassador felix Oboro who is still in Venezuela looting and damaging the image of nigeria.Recently, Nigerians that refused to carry drugs for him were reported to the security operatives in Venezuela and detained for no justification. Let President GEJ remove him to show that he is not a clannish President.

      • Hon.Ebiri

        The whole Nigeria is infected with CORRUPTION.The only problem is that President GEJ is carefree of the bad image from Niger Delta in general and Bayelsa State in particular.OBJ would have moved against Yorubas during his time if they had done such.l am a Lecturer from Oloibiri in Bayelsa State to show you that l know what l am writing.
        You may look at the case of Ambassador felix Oboro in Venezuela.Greed made him to become drug baron,looter of embassy funds,inflating and pocketing visa and e-passport money and damaging the good image of Nigeria.FGN is aware but because he is from my State,Bayelsa,It sees no evil and talks no evil.Ambassador Oboro who was searched for drugs at airport has been reappointed because it is our turn in power.
        He admitted in Sagbama,Yenagoa and in Brass that he looted embassy funds and was unto drugs.President GEJ should therefore remove him to start with the cleaning.

  • Jabiru

    I ALWAYS LIKE THOSE THAT COMMENTING WITHOUT SENTIMENT, THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN MOVE NIGERIA FORWARD