Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, in this recent interview culled from THISDAY Newspapers, speaks on the opposition and their chances in the 2015 Presidential polls.
Okupe, who lampooned the opposition for being too loud-mouthed, dismissed their threats of taking over power in 2015.
“Tinubu and Buhari are not serious-minded people” he started. “They are going around like people dancing in a market square holding arms, saying ‘we shall overcome’. I expect that when you post an aggregate of people of that calibre who want to run government by now, they must have a policy statement on power, agriculture and employment and not just talking about PDP leaving.”
He asked, “Is it by mouth that they will run the nation? These are not serious minded people. Can someone get your vote by using word of mouth that PDP should leave without having a policy?”
Okupe described the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, as ‘Yoruba party’ adding that the party shot itself in the foot by agreeing to a merger of political parties which the “Yoruba’s cannot key into.”
He argued that with the exception of Lagos and Oyo states which were won by the ACN, the remaining three were claimed by ‘judicial judgements’ and wondered why the party was boasting of its strength at the polls.
On Ogun state, also controlled by Bola Tinubu’s led ACN, Okupe said: “We gave them Ogun, it was a donation.”
Slamming the APC for contemplating fielding a candidate from the ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2015, the Presidential aide recalled that the ACN in the past had been guilty of such practice saying, “What kind of political party is that and you are taking them serious. It is a politically defective, weak organisation and by coming to the national stage, wind is going to blow them open. If they don’t scramble in 2014 don’t call me Okupe” he swore.