The publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lai Mohammed has raised alarm over the Jonathan administration’s deliberate attempt to frustrate the smooth transition by an act of hostility through its unnecessary vituperation against the incoming Buhari government. He said ‘this does not augur well for the smooth transition and gives the impression that the outgoing administration is trying to hide something. By its dilly dallying on the date for the readiness of the handover notes from the MDAs, the administration posturing that it is ready to handover has been exposed as nothing but a smokescreen. He said with the new dates, the Buhari transition committee will have little or no time to take a thorough look at the handover notes or seek clarification on knotty issues, effectively handing it a fait accompli as far as the handover notes are concerned.
On the issue of setting up a parallel government, Mohammed said ‘in case the Federal Executive Council has forgotten, General Buhari was declared the winner of the March 28 election by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC). General Buhari is therefore today the president-elect and the APC the incoming government. It is therefore illogical to accuse the president-elect and the incoming government of setting up a parallel government. It is either the outgoing FEC has something to hide or it is bent on sabotaging the incoming government. There can be no other reasons for the misplaced aggression that was exhibited in that ill- intentioned, unprovoked and vitriolic statement from the Jonathan government.
He said ‘we are sick and tired of being blackmailed by the Jonathanians. General Buhari won the March 28 presidential election fair and square, having satisfied both constitutional and other statutory requirements. We have no apology for our victory and the concession f defeat, while it may have increased the political stock of President Jonathan, has by no means diminished the historic and emphatic victory of General Buhari and the APC.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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