The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation on Wednesday urged the South-West to ignore President Goodluck Jonathan’s repeated promises to implement the National Conference report.
This was contained in a statement by the director of media and publicity of the campaign, Malam Garba Shehu.
The APC campaign said the president’s promises contained nothing that amounts to the zone’s collective interest.
According to the organisation, whilst it was not indisposed to any group supporting any candidate for the forthcoming general elections, it considered it important to state that a recent purported endorsement of Jonathan by former Confab conferees from the South-West was predicated on spurious and utterly dishonest reasons.
It noted that the points of the Yoruba agenda that could have favoured the South-West, including regional autonomy, restructuring, devolution of power and parliamentary system, could not sail through at the conference.
Shehu alleged that “the real reason” for the endorsement was because of personal economy.
The statement read, “Some of them have had their personal finances transformed by way of juicy but dubious security contracts and handsome cash largesse by the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the expense of Nigerian people.
“We consider it stupid that any group can predicate its support for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on his promise to respect any agreement. The antecedents of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan speak eloquently of a promise breaker, unreliable keeper of gentlemanly agreement and unabashed turncoat!
“It will be recalled that the first real show of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s immense capacity for not keeping to pacts was when he, in 2010, conveniently walked away from his party’s North/South zoning arrangement, of which he was signatory to, with indescribable villainy.”
The campaign argued that of all the 492 members of the National confab members, none was elected by the people.
It noted that a comparison of this arrangement with that of the Constituent Assembly of 1977 revealed a conference that had most of the members elected by the people and which naturally established the 1979 constitution.
The APC campaign said despite the pretences of members of this group to democracy, they thought it fit to attempt to charge a nation to giving assent to a piece of document that bore the negligible minority.
The campaign also said there was a long list of reports from committees which Jonathan had created, that have so far remained unimplemented in his four-year presidency.
“Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as President, who refused to assent to the Bill that will empower Nigerians with disabilities, is doubtful would ever contemplate supporting better life for Nigerians without disabilities,” the statement stated.
It will be recalled that the governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has claimed that the South-west geopolitical zone would not vote for the APC presidential can, because that would place the APC national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, as the leader of the Yoruba race.
Meanwhile, m the South-West zone has dismissed the recent post-national conference summit where some Yoruba leaders endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the second term in the office.