2015: Buhari, Amaechi, others move to stop Jonathan
Kwankwaso accuses Presidency of using the EFCC for witch-hunting perceived political enemies
Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that All Progressives Congress (APC) would win the 2015 general elections.
He added that the party would rule Nigeria no matter the opposition from other political parties.
Buhari a chieftain of the party, made the remark while addressing party faithful at a Sensitisation Rally in Port Harcourt.
He stressed that the party was solidly behind Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, describing him as a courageous politician.
“In spite of our differences, we are one people. APC will ensure security of the nation and work toward its unity.’’
In his remarks, Amaechi decried impunity of politicians and condemned thuggery in the polity.
Amaechi said he is number one on the list of those alleged to be on a hit list of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had alleged in his 18 page damning letter he wrote to President Jonathan that he (President) was training snipers in North Korea to kill perceived political enemies.
Amaechi said he was amused when he read Jonathan’s letter challenging Obasanjo to mention those on the hit list, saying “I am number one on the list.”
The Rivers governor in a brazen move at a rally by the APC in Port Harcourt said Jonathan is pursuing a vendetta mission in his anti corruption drive asking why are federal government’s agencies and officials under the President are not under investigations.
He told the audience to prepare to suffer more abuses under Jonathan but assured them of better lives come 2015 under an APC government.
The governor also alleged that the Federal Government has been preventing infrastructure development in the state.
Ameachi had last month defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC alongside other four aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party,
He said, “opposition APC will assume power”. The governor urged the Rivers people to massively vote for the All Progressives Congress adding that the party will fulfill all their aspirations.
“I can’t afford to buy bottle water for everybody in Rivers State, what I can do is to provide pipe-borne drinkable water but do you know that the Federal Government have been blocking the assistance the world bank promised to render in provision of pipe-borne water”.
“If a president from South –South does not like you, use your broom (APC’s symbol) to sweep him and his party away” .
He added, “ The corruption under this administration is massive, different agencies of the government have never had harmonious statements of Account, while Central Bank will be saying one thing, Ministry of Finance will be saying another thing”.
He also accused Jonathan’s administration of massive corruption. Amaechi claimed that billions have been stolen with impunity under the watch of the president.
The Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, commended Amaechi and Rivers people for accepting and supporting the party.
A chieftain of the party and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, commended Amaechi for fighting shackles of poverty in the society.
He said if not for the governor’s courage, members would not have witnessed the large turnout of supporters.
Tinubu noted that the brooms they had were to sweep away evil and liberate the state.
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, today said he has nothing further to say concerning the letter President Goodluck Jonathan wrote him.
Speaking through his aide Tunde Oladunjoye at a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Obasanjo stated that he had performed his duty to the president, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Nigeria with his December 2 letter.
The former president said although he had received several requests from local and international media, asking him to respond to the president’s letter, he would prefer to keep his promise in his letter to maintain silence.
“Since the publication of the letter written by the President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, we have received several requests from local and international media asking to know Chief Obasanjo’s reaction to Mr President’s response,” Mr. Oladunjoye said.
“One, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo acknowledges Mr President’s letter/response. However,Baba, as he already indicated in his December 2,2013 letter ,does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to Mr President or react to the said letter/response from Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“I will maintain my serenity, because by this letter, I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria.”
The former president had in an 18-page letter to Mr. Jonathan accused the president of failing to deliver on his electoral promises, promote national unity, check corruption and strengthen national security.
He also accused the president of planning to renege on his promise to spend one term of four years in office and of training a killer squad ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Mr. Obasanjo added in the letter, which he also shared with some past leaders, that he was ready for whatever backlash his letter would provoke from the Presidency.
In his reply to Mr. Obasanjo’s letter, the president, in a letter dated December 20, slammed the former president, describing his (Obasanjo) letter to him as “distinctly ominuous.”
In another development, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has accused the Presidency of using the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for witch-hunting perceived political enemies.
Kwankwaso who recently dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the opposition All Progressives Congress made this allegation following the arrest of Kano House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Gambo Sallau and other prinicpal officers.
The Governor who spoke through his spokesman Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, said he was disappointed and surprised.
Kwankwaso observed that the public officials were arrested in connection with the budget amendment of 2013 of the State Government, which he said he had already signed into law.
He said, “It is Chrystal clear that the above mentioned public officials were arrested by the EFCC on the orders from the above, because of the legislators’ defection to APC, in support of Governor Kwankwaso”.
“This action is obviously to intimidate and cow them into submission for choosing to move to the progressive fold. This action is not only despicable and absurd but also capable of igniting crisis in the polity, thereby breaching the relative peace that is being enjoyed in Kano state”, he added.
Those arrested alongside the Speaker, Alh. Gambo Sallau, are the Deputy Speaker, Isyaku Ali Danja, the Chief Whip, the Deputy Chief Whip, Majority Leader and Deputy Majority Leader.
The rest are the Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Chairman House Committee on Finance and Clerk of the House.