FG To Prevent APC From Forming Parallel Government

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The Presidency on Sunday said it would resist any attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form a parallel government should President Goodluck Jonathan get elected in next month’s presidential election.

It further accused the opposition party of planning to instigate political crisis in the country if it failed to win the presidency.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, who chairs the presidential amnesty programme disclosed this in Port Harcourt while addressing an ethnic nationality summit, which attracted leadership of the various youths organizations drawn from the Niger Delta.

Reacting to threats by the APC to form an alternative government if it did not win the February 14 presidential election, Kuku revealed that the presidency was resolute on making the 2015 election free and fair but would resist attempt by any political party or group to cause mayhem after the election.

“If the APC is confident that it would win the presidential elections, why should the party now resort to threats? Nigeria is too big for any group of people to contemplate the idea of forming an alternative government when there already exists a legitimate administration voted into office by Nigerians,” Kuku said.

Going down memory lane, he stated that some politicians who were now members of the APC had, before the 2011 general election, threatened that there would be unrest if Jonathan won the election.

He noted that after the election, violence was unleashed, resulting in the death of many persons including members of the National Youth Service Corps. None of the chieftains of APC, he said, ever condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property in 2011.

The presidential aide assured that Jonathan would continue to run the affairs of the country notwithstanding the distractions posed by unwarranted opposition to his policies.

Citing the Boko Haram insurgency as one major indicator that the president did not believe in the resort to violence to resolve issues, Kuku said the president had offered amnesty to Boko Haram members on several occasion to no avail.

According to him, “Because of this, the government finds it disturbing that some persons are bent on taking vengeance against the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Onyeabor Ihejirika, just because he tried to combat Boko Haram to preserve the unity of the country.”

The Special Adviser disclosed that measures were being worked out to make Anambra State a part of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since it had become an oil producing state.

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