Don't trust Jonathan On 2015 - Ribadu
ABUJA, Feb 01, (THEWILL) – Following President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s declaration that he would not stand for election in 2015 if he is elected in April, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has told Nigerians to disregard Jonathan’s statement adding that his ‘antecedents demonstrate that he cannot be trusted since he had reneged on several earlier promises which he made.’
The statement from Director, Media and Communications, Ibrahim Modibbo, reminded Nigerians that Jonathan was a signatory to the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) agreement on zoning but later denied knowledge of such an agreement. The campaign said it could recall that Jonathan was a signatory number 314 or 315 on the list of attendance at that historic meeting, only to turn round and flatly deny of such an agreement.
Ribadu asked: “If the President could deny an important document of that magnitude, how can we trust him on this verbal political statement?
“We also recall with painful nostalgia how Jonathan had promised Nigerians that he would fix the power sector but that almost a year after he made the promise Nigerians are yet to notice any appreciable improvement in power supply. It is like we are achieving no step forward, but several steps backwards,” the statement said.
Observing the security situation in the country, Ribadu opined that Jonathan had only been making more statements without any corresponding action on how the problems could be tackled. This, he said, has gone a long way to show that the government is at the crossroad on how to move the country forward.
“Instead of prompt response to this dangerous trend with the capacity to truncate our hard earned democracy, the situation is getting worse, with religious, ethnic and political assassinations becoming a recurring decimal. We feel that the security situation is becoming embarrassing and precarious, with an urgent call on the government to take pragmatic steps to check further deterioration,” the statement further said.
The campaign urged ‘all men and women of conscience to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming elections to vote Jonathan out of office and allow the younger generation to form government that would deliver dividend of democracy.’