Akin Akande, Abuja
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday slammed President Goodluck Jonathan for recognising Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), even though he lost to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, describing it as a travesty of democracy.
Jang and Amaechi claimed victory following a disputed election of new officials for the influential NGF. That controversial election held a week ago in Abuja has seen the group broken into two with both Jang and Amaechi leading different factions.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the President’s ill-advised decision has shown that he has little or no respect for democracy, and will stop at nothing to jettison time-tested ideals on the altar of political opportunism.
It said the recognition of the losing candidate for the chairmanship of the NGF has also shown that the President’s spokesmen either do not know the thinking of their principal or have chosen to engage in downright lies in his defence.
”President Jonathan is frittering away whatever is left of his credibility by the day. His spokesman said in a statement the day after the NGF election that the President has always shown a willingness to work harmoniously with any leadership freely and independently chosen by the Governors Forum for the collective progress and development of all sections of the country and will continue to do so.
“President Jonathan trusts that as true democrats and respected national political leaders, members of the Governors Forum will quickly resolve the issues and differences amongst them which emerged yesterday (May 24th) and continue to contribute effectively to national development as a strong, and progressive body.
”But it is now clear that the presidency’s statement is not worth the paper on which it is written, that in the Nigerian presidency, words do not carry their exact meanings and that the spokesmen for the President speak for no one but themselves.
When viewed in the context of similar deceitful statements by the presidency in the past, especially on the health of the First Lady, one can see a growing pattern of a lying presidency, a presidency that likes to hide behind one finger. This is sad, because without credibility, a President cannot govern successfully,” ACN said.