The Presidency on Sunday distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from plans to resuscitate the Unity Party of Nigeria, as claimed by the National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bisi Akande.
Akande was quoted by a media report as describing the move by the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun to resuscitate the party as a ploy by Jonathan to destabilise the country.
However, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak while reacting to the report urged the ACN chief to count the President out of his alleged destabilisation plot.
Gulak said the President remained committed to the country’s unity and therefore could not be the arrow head of a destabilisation plot.
On the resuscitation of the UPN, Gulak said Akande was “too naive and desperate” to know that Fasehun was only exercising his constitutional right just as the leaders of the opposition parties were exercising their rights by seeking to register APC.
He advised the opposition leaders to stop distracting themselves and instead concentrate on getting their proposed new party registered.
He said, “I do not know when it becomes fashionable to stop somebody from exercising his constitutional right.
“Leaders of the APC themselves are exercising their constitutional right by seeking to register their new party. Akande is just too naive and too desperate to understand this. He should count President Jonathan out of any destabilisation plot.
“The President is for the unity of this country. He is for the rule of law; he will not stop anybody for exercising his or her constitutional rights. My advice for the APC leaders is that they should form a national party and stop distracting themselves.”