The National Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Mr Osita Okechukwu, Wednesday, said the current administration is fast becoming a dictatorship because President Goodluck Jonathan lacks a good record that puts him in pole position to win the 2015 general elections.
“The president will at the end of the day turn to dictatorship. You know why? He is suddenly realizing that he has no landmark achievement. If there is a free and fair election and he goes to campaign in Bayelsa, the people will ask him about a project anyone can see as what he (Jonathan) brought”, he said.
Okechukwu, who is also a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), noted that the president has since realized that there is an alternative to the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP), hence his re-election is in jeopardy.
He said: “No one party has two-thirds majority at the National Assembly. And that is what democracy is supposed to be. Nigeria is at the zenith of liberal democracy. In the 2015 election, neither APC nor the PDP will win 50 per cent of the votes. None of them will have two-thirds of the governors; none of them will have two-thirds of members of the National Assembly”.
The CNPP spokesperson further argued that in a free and fair election, Jonathan would not be able to convince his state – Bayelsa – and other Niger Delta states, for their votes.
He recalled that over a decade ago, indigenes of Port Harcourt (Rivers State) once held the belief that should someone from the zone become president, he would transform their area.
But Okechukwu said that has not being the case and asked rhetorically if there had been any transformation in Niger Delta since an indigene of the area became President.
He accused the president of shirking the responsibility of building refineries, which would have created several jobs, to Chinese investors and Aliko Dangote.
According to him, Nigeria has the resources to build refineries for the benefit of the people.
Okechwukwu said: “He (Jonathan) is the Commander-in-Chief and the President of the country. His ‘sister’ is in charge of the Petroleum Ministry. Have they been able to set up refineries? They are waiting for the Chinese and Dangote.
“And Dangote has even exposed their weakness by saying less than $4 million can build 400,000 barrel per day-capacity oil refinery. Yet, his is a President who inherited over $10 billion in the Excess Crude Account.
“What do you refer to that he has done in Bayelsa State? What do you refer to that he has done in Rivers State? What do you point at that he has done in Akwa Ibom State? What has he done in Calabar (Cross River State)? What has he done in Edo State?” Okechukwu asked.