The All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders’ Forum in Ekiti State has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to pull out of the presidential race for admitting failure in governance during the launch of his campaign in Lagos.
The body, which described the outburst of the President at the Lagos rally as “unpresidential, clearly offensive, aggressive, combative and appalling”, said Jonathan had shown that he lacked solutions to the myriads of problems facing the country. The group’s Publicity Secretary, Dr. Bayo Orire, said Jonathan failed to use his campaign to convince Nigerians of his readiness to stop the slide of the country into deeper socio-economic ills.
Orire said Nigerians should not expect a purposeful leadership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration by the tone of the President’s speech, which he said dwelt much on attacks on personalities rather than issues. He urged the electorate to vote for the APC’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who he believed has the integrity, maturity and experience needed to turn around the nation’s fortunes.
The medical doctor-turned politician said if successive administrations built on the anti-corruption stance of the military administration led by Buhari, corruption would have ended in the polity. Orire explained that corruption would grow under the PDP administration, urging Nigerians to use their votes to send the umbrella party out of power.
He regretted that Jonathan failed to convince Nigerians on how he would solve insurgency, low level of industrialisation, unemployment, non-existent mechanised farming and general decay in infrastructure. “The President disappointed many Nigerians with his outing in Lagos on Thursday and this has shown that he lacks the capacity to take the country out of the woods. “Jonathan extrapolated wrongly putting something that happened 30 years ago on top of what should be done.
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