The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech on Christmas affected him and his associates more than it did the opposition.
Lai Mohammed, the APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Friday said Jonathan’s associates, spokesmen and supporters have made incendiary comments aimed at sowing discord without the president cautioning them.
“Everything that the President’s political associates, supporters and spokespersons have done has been geared toward creating division among Nigerians…,” Mohammed said.
Mohammed mentioned by Ijaw leader Edwin Clark and ex-Niger Delta militant, Mujaheed Asari Dokubo, among others, as having made
hate comments that spur discord among Nigerians.
“Chief Edwin Clark, a die-hard supporter of the President, said glibly that if the opposition has its way it can poison or kill President Jonathan just to take power. No statement could be more absurd and incendiary, yet the President never called him to order.
“Another dyed-in-the-wool supporter of the President, Mujaheed Asari Dokubo, said on national television that there will be blood on the streets if President Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015. He also said ‘we will not take any prisoner of war. It will be total battle’, but the President never uttered a word in his rebuke.
“Since President Jonathan’s main opponent in the 2015 elections, General Muhammadu Buhari, emerged, his party members and spokesmen have been falling over themselves to pour invective on him and his party, the APC,” the party stated.
APC said the PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo’s description of its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, as a ‘semi-literate jackboot’ and outbursts from Doyin Okupe and the PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh are similarly unsavoury and inciting.
The party said President Jonathan, “Having failed to call his spokesmen, party members and supporters to order when they made incendiary comments …, has lost the moral authority to call anyone else to order for the same wrong doing.”
The party added that “Nigerians are more divided along ethnic and religious lines today than at any time in the history of the nation, and this is traceable to the President. President Jonathan should therefore look inwards and stop being sanctimonious.”
The party described itself as “a party of peace, inclusiveness and concord” and “do not need any admonition from anyone, least of all a holier-than-thou President, to avoid actions that could divide the people or create discord or hatred.”