by Lekan Olanrewaju
Just as President Jonathan sent out a warning against “heating up the polity” as regards whether or not he will be partaking in the 2015 elections, the Action Congress of Nigeria has stated that they couldn’t care less about whatever path he chooses.
The President had over the weekend stated that his main focus was his promise of national transformation, and that his alleged 2015 re-election plans were simply part of a “diversionary and very distractive hue and cry” by “mischief-makers”. The ACN has now responded.
“Mr. President, we in the ACN are not bothered about whether or not you plan to run in 2015.” read a statement released by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Lagos on Sunday. “What concerns us now is how to alleviate the collective suffering of the Nigerian people, who have experienced more pain than gain in one year of your administration, and have yet to reap the fruits of democracy almost 15 years after the country’s return to constitutional order under your party’s watch.”
“If we must be frank, the past one year has been like four years for Nigerians who have been subjected to untold hardship and the effects of a catalogue of bad and inconsistent policies. As governance takes a back seat and meaningless politicking becomes the order of the day, many wish the four years of your administration will just pass by fast to give them the opportunity to make a better choice of leadership. This is what is driving the 2015 debate”.
The party goes on to explain how President Jonathan’s administration has been wrought with several major issues such as “the ill-advised fuel subsidy removal that has now turned into a fiasco; the poorly-managed aftermath in which peaceful protesters were crushed by gun-totting soldiers, even in a democracy; the unprecedented corruption revealed by the fuel subsidy probe, and an equally-horrendous looting of the public treasury in all sectors.”
“Add this to what is arguably an all-time low supply of electricity that has thrown vast swathes of the nation’s landscape into darkness, the rising unemployment, worsening state of infrastructure and monumental insecurity of lives and property, and you have a ready mix of ingredients that will easily overheat a polity.”