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2015: APC Says PDP Endorsement of Jonathan, Mockery of Democracy

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the endorsement

of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate of the PDP for next

year's presidential election, to the exclusion of all other candidates,

calling the endorsement nothing but a mockery of democracy.

In a statement, Wednesday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, the party also said the endorsement has come at a great price to

Nigerians, considering the obvious deals that were struck to make

President Jonathan the sole PDP candidate.
It said the parody of democracy that the endorsement represents has

exposed the shameless hypocrisy of the PDP, which is ever so eager to

accuse other parties of lacking in internal democracy.

It said the parody of democracy that the endorsement represents has

exposed the shameless hypocrisy of the PDP, which is ever so eager to

accuse other parties of lacking in internal democracy.

”Obviously, those fellows in the PDP have never heard of the saying that

those who must come to equity must come with clean hands. PDP, where is

your own internal democracy now that you have turned your party into a

fiefdom controlled by one and only one person only?

”While endorsements are part and parcel of democracy, they are never done

to the exclusion of other candidates. This is simply not democratic. When

then candidate Barrack Obama was endorsed by his party's bigwigs to

contest the US Presidency, the party never excluded Hillary Clinton from

its primaries. That's how it is done,” APC said.
The party said the price being paid for Jonathan's endorsement by Nigeria

is simply too heavy, considering that the PDP Governors who spearheaded

the endorsement have now secured perpetual immunity from prosecution by

anti-graft bodies, including the EFCC and the ICPC; the automatic tickets

for all first-term PDP Governors, whether or not they have performed, the

automatic tickets for all PDP Governors running for the Senate, as well as

the free ride back to the Upper Chamber for Senate President David Mark.

”It is now an Open Sesame for the PDP Governors, who have no prying

anti-corruption agencies watching over their shoulders. They can now

simply see the commonwealth as an extension of their deep pockets. The

endorsement is also a vote of approval for the proceeds of corruption that

have been powering the noisy and outrageous Transformation

Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN),” it said.
APC accused President Jonathan of desecrating the country's democracy

because of his desperation for re-election, adding: ”It is a cruel irony

that a man who has benefited, more than anyone else, from this democracy

has been the one who has been doing everything possible to undermine it.”

The party said President Jonathan has also abandoned domestic issues while

seeking international relevance, in a clear negation of the aphorism that

charity begins at home.
”This President has basically abandoned governance. Unprecedented

corruption is mounting, insecurity stalks the land and Nigerians grope in

darkness as power generation has plummeted. This President has yet to tell

Nigerians the full involvement of his government in the 9.3 million

dollars that was illegally ferried to South Africa on a private jet. This

President has yet to tell Nigerians why he has continued to hobnob with an

alleged sponsor of Boko Haram, who is supposed to be under a probe by his

Administration. Yet, he is eager to attend meetings with serious-minded

leaders who have done well for their own people.
 
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