By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
Former Governor of Osun state and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mr. Adebisi Akande, on Saturday took a swoop at President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, describing the president as political armed robbers.
The former Interim National Chairman of All Progressive Congress(APC), who stated at reception organised for him by the Ila-Ifedayo-Boluwaduro Federal Constituency, then made a verdict, saying Jonathan’s administration is the worst in the history of Nigeria.
According to Akande, there were serious set backs in the lives of ordinary Nigerians under the Jonathan administration.
“This present regime is the worst. No peace, no infrastructure, no electricity, no employment, no industry, no prosperity, no orderliness and no peace of mind. Instead, there is panic everywhere,” he said.
Adding: “Today, Nigeria which is one of the wealthiest and most naturally endowed place on earth, because of deliberate incidence of corruption and consequence misrule by the military administrations and the PDP over the years, is breeding the poorest and most deprived citizens within its jurisdiction.”
The former governor condemned men of the Department of the State Security, soldiers and policemen who were deployed to the state for the next Saturday election.
He alleged that the militarisation with sporadic shooting of the DSS officers everywhere in the state was meant to scare away voters and intimidate supporters of the APC.
“In the recently held governorship election in Ekiti state, hundreds of APC supporters and leaders were hounded into detention on the eve of the election, only for the federal government to hoodwink the global community to believe that the election was free and fair when in truth the process had been skewed in favour of the PDP in the pre-election processes,” Akande further alleged.
He said, “The same scenario is playing out again in Osun with the militarisation of the state by men of the state security services who are shooting sporadically everywhere in order to scare away the voters and intimidate our people before elections.”
Akande argued that the military has no business in civil activities like election and the electorate, lamenting that the set back of Nigeria was as a result of the misrule of the military regime.
According to the APC leader, the PDP and the presidency have begun moves to destroy opposition parties out of intolerance in their bids to hold onto power and continuing enriching themselves against the wish of the electorate.
“Hunting for powers enable them be accountable to no electorate, PDP and its presidency have begun to destroy opposition all over Nigeria by using massive federal powers to impeach governors and fully arming the police and soldiers to protect and cover up their corrupt leaders while fraudulently manipulating the wishes of Nigerians at the polls with absolute impunity.
“History does not change. It is the people who fail to learn the lessons of history. It was this type of actions by the then ruling parties that led to the collapse of the First and Second Republics of Nigeria due to the reckless use of brutal force by the ruling parties against the opposition.
“The present ruling PDP is already toeing this line at the risk of our hard earned democracy for which some of our compatriots paid the supreme sacrifice.
“With PDP in power, votes do not count and, therefore, the electorate are not important in PDP’s culture. That is why Nigeria has been sinking and failing under PDP governments.
“This present regime is the worst. Surely, this Jonathan’s presidency is a political armed robber,” Akande stated.