The ruling All Progressives Congress says “right now” it has no response to the blistering remarks by former President Olusegun Obasanjo asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek reelection.
Mr. Obasanjo, within the assertion Tuesday entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, mentioned Mr. Buhari in addition to his social gathering, APC, had change into a disappointment, faltering even within the main boast of his administration — anti-corruption marketing campaign.
Citing the scandalous recall of fugitive pension activity power head, Abduralsheed Maina, to public service, Mr. Obasanjo accused Mr. Buhari of nepotism and incapability to instill self-discipline “in his nepotistic court docket”.
He mentioned the way of the recall stank of “collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of accountability or kinship and friendship on the a part of those that ought to have taken seen and deterrent disciplinary motion.”
Mr. Obasanjo additionally slammed Mr. Buhari for his “poor understanding” of Nigeria’s social-political dynamics, saying his management has widened division and inequality within the nation.
This has impact on basic nationwide safety, the previous president mentioned.
The third failure of Mr. Buhari, in line with Mr. Obasanjo, isn’t accepting accountability – “passing the buck”.
“If issues have been good, President Buhari wouldn’t want to come back in. He was voted to make things better that have been unhealthy and never interact within the blame sport,” the previous president mentioned.
Mr. Obasanjo requested Mr. Buhari to not run in 2019, however reasonably be a part of the league of former leaders whose “expertise, affect, knowledge and outreach might be deployed on the facet line for the great of the nation.”
The previous president additionally dismissed the ruling All Progressives Social gathering, saying it’s as nugatory because the opposition Peoples Democratic Social gathering.
He known as as an alternative for a “Coalition of Nigerians” which he provided to be part of, to wrest energy from the current ruling class and lead the nation onto the trail of rebirth.
Nonetheless, whereas Mr. Obasanjo’s assault on each the APC and Mr. Buhari proceed to dominate the media area, the ruling social gathering instructed PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday night, it wanted time to review Mr. Obasanjo’s assertion to determine whether or not to react or not.
“The state of affairs is that APC doesn’t have a response right now,” mentioned Bolaji Abdullahi, the spokesperson for the social gathering. “Possibly if we’re given the chance to review the letter extra intently, we can have a response.”
Mr. Abdullahi mentioned the social gathering had solely “relied on what’s being circulated within the media.”
When instructed the previous president accused the APC authorities of nepotism, corruption and incapacity to advertise nationwide integration safety, Mr. Abdullahi replied: “I won’t be able to react to any content material of the assertion till we’ve got the chance to review it.”
Mr. Obasanjo’s assaults coincided with rising criticism of the Buhari administration amid lethal farmer-herdsmen conflicts and petrol shortage.
In the meantime, as on the time of submitting this report, phone variety of each Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, each presidential spokesperson, appeared turned off. Repeated makes an attempt to get by means of to them failed.
Mr. Obasanjo, a two-term president on the platform of Individuals PDP had backed Mr Buhari to energy in 2015, opposing then incumbent and candidate of his former social gathering, Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Obasanjo had written a condemnatory open letter in December 2013 titled “Earlier than it’s Too Late” the place he highlighted the quite a few failings of the Jonathan administration.
Mr. Obasanjo is understood to have change into estranged with all his successors, regardless of his assist for them.