APC aspirants more credible than Jonathan, by Atiku
PRESIDENTIAL aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, (APC), and Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday gave low marks to President Goodluck Jonathan due to his inability to rid the country of insecurity and corruption.
Similarly, former Vice President and presidential aspirant also under APC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar yesterday declared that all the party’s aspirants are more credible to rule the country in 2015 than the incumbent President.
Speaking at a fundraiser held at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Kwankwaso listed the rising spate of insecurity in the polity as reasons why President Jonathan should give way to a more competent leader to take the country out of the woods.
Kwankwaso assured he has the wherewithal to tackle the multi-faceted problems besetting the polity. He added that Nigeria needed a strong, politically willed President to surmount the insecurity challenges in the country.
He said: “I always feel terribly bad as a member of the extended family of the military in this country that today we cannot protect ourselves. I always remember those days when our military was in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Darfur and other parts of Africa. These were soldiers that did extremely well by even the world standard. Those days, we were not even talking of protecting ourselves. We were protecting others on this continent.
“Many years before then, this country had the capacity to support other African countries to even end apartheid and other serious international issues but today we have seen a situation where countries that were coming to beg for one thing or the other, now we have to go and beg them to help us protect our lives and properties. I believe that this mess will certainly stop by the Grace of God in 2015 when we have the right Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces.
Atiku, while addressing Zamfara APC presidential primary election delegates in Gusau at Government House, Gusau described President Jonathan as incompetent to continue ruling the country, in view of his government failure to tackle the security and economic challenges facing the country.
He said Nigeria needs a competent leader that has the interest of the country at heart, so that unity among citizens and national development will be his cardinal principle as next president of the country.
The former vice president, while experience along with governors, members of the National Assembly, CSOs and media against Obasanjo’s plan to amend the 1999 constitution with a view to achieving his third term agenda, added that he and other stakeholders including governors sacrificed their offices to ensure country’s democracy is protected and defended in accordance with the constitution of the country.
Kwankwaso, who raked in over N1.5 billion donation from friends and well wishers to prosecute his presidential ambition said it was unfortunate that tens of thousands of Nigerians have lost their lives due to government inability to tackle the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.