The All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, has said that the claim by President Goodluck Jonathan that a four-year single term is not enough to transform the country “is double-mouthing by a president who has failed to deliver on his own timeline”.
Mr. Jonathan had while paying a courtesy call on the Emir of Ilorin, Sulu Gambari, on Monday during a stop-over in Kwara State as part of his nationwide presidential campaign tour, said four years was too short a time for any president to make any meaningful impact.
“Beyond tackling the insurgency, we are creating road networks; we are moving faster in several sectors. There is no way within four years any government can finish the programmes of this country”, the president said.
But a statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, said it was very imprudent of the president to shift the goal post mounted by him in the middle of the game.
“It was this same President Jonathan who said in 2010 that if he could not improve on the country’s power generation capacity within four years, then it means he could not do anything,” the statement said.
“What was the president thinking about when he said: ‘Four years are enough for anyone to make significant improvement, and if I can’t improve on power within this period, then it means I cannot do anything’.
“Nigerians expect that a president must own up to his own words and be responsible for his own beliefs”.
The APCPCO said there could be only one reason why the president was changing his own beliefs about what it takes to transform the country “and that is because he is incompetent for the job”.
It stated that Nigerians were clamouring for change because, “for six years the country has been led by a president who cannot give the people direction on how to stop corruption, how to provide security, create employment and provide infrastructure that will impact positively on the economy”.
The organisation said just as it said in the past, the 2015 election, more than anything, is a referendum on the performance of Mr. Jonathan.
It stated, “The President has not measured up to the least expectations of Nigerians and that is why they are earnestly waiting for February 14 to pass their verdict.
“Whereas the Goodluck Jonathan administration has not been able to deliver on any of the promises the president made to Nigerians in 2010, the government under the President’s watch has surpassed every known boundaries on issues of corruption and impunity.
“Let us remind the president that if truly Rome was not built in a day, Rome is also not built forever. The President has failed to deliver by his own timelines and he should patiently wait for Nigerians to pass their verdict over the incompetence of his administration”.