Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of supervising over “a highly corrupt government”.
He also claimed that “there is no democracy yet in Nigeria”.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Saturday, Amaechi reiterated his stance that he had no axe to grind with President Jonathan, noting that if governance could be separated from the President, he (Jonathan) “remains a good man”.
He also described the form of government being practised in Nigeria today as diarchy.
While reacting to the siege laid on the National Assembly by security agencies on Thursday, the NGF chairman described the action as uncivilised.
According to him, the actions of the police in recent times had shown that they had been pocketed by the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
He said, “We don’t have democracy in Nigeria yet. What we have is diarchy. We don’t have a democracy. Diarchy is dictatorship. The Federal Government has appropriated the police as its personal property. The FG has taken over the police. See the way the police took over the National Assembly. By law, the police have no power to invade the National Assembly and they have no power to stop the Speaker from going in or out of the National Assembly complex. But they don’t obey law”.
Reaffirming a statement he made last week that his party, the All Progressives Congress, would not go to court if the PDP decided to rig the 2015 presidential elections, Amaechi insisted that the opposition party would form a parallel government.
He said, “What is the essence of going to court when the Federal Government don’t obey the law. That’s why the APC say we won’t go to the court any longer. If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in; which means if you think you can rig us out in 2015, we will form our own government. We have met on that and we have agreed on that. We will instal our own government and there would be two governments.
“The only way to avoid a parallel government is to have a free and fair election. You can’t continue to use the police as if it is a private agency or company of the government”.
Drawing example from South Africa where the country’s police is currently investigating President Jacob Zuma, Amaechi wondered if the same could be replicated in Nigeria.
“Are you aware that the President of the South Africa is being probed by the police? Can that happen here? In this country, they slap judges. Seven members of a state (Ekiti) House of Assembly claimed they have sacked a Speaker”, he added.
On Boko Haram, the governor said it would be difficult to convince Nigerians that the Federal Government was not deliberately allowing the crisis to fester in order for it to decimate the votes that would come from the North-East – considered a stronghold of APC – in 2015.
Amaechi said Nigerians knew the capability of their soldiers, who he said went to Liberia and liberated the country from the hands of the rebels only for them to be having a tough time dislodging a “rag-tag” army of insurgents in the country.
He said, “The Federal Government deliberately allowed the Boko Haram to overrun many villages in the North-East. If it is not a political agenda, why would the military not be able to chase away the rag-tag army of Boko Haram?
“They don’t want elections to hold in the zone so that there wouldn’t be election in the zone. If there is no election in the North-East, they believe that the APC would lose.
“If they are not afraid of the APC, let them restore law and order. The zone is in the hands of the APC. Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Yobe states are all APC states. The only state where it could be 50:50 is maybe Taraba State. Apart from this, other states in the zone have always voted for Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, one of our presidential hopefuls”.