The Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress has described yesterday’s visit by Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to the state as a “mere entertainment and comical show”.
The opposition party opined that Mrs. Jonathan only showcased her theatrics prowess instead of focusing on issue-based campaign to list her husband’s achievements in Ekiti in the last four years and outline what his plans for the state are if he wins.
According to the The Nation, the party also advised the First Lady to take a cue from the wife of its presidential candidate, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who the party said has shown class and panache in her campaign engagements, giving hope to Nigerians for a serious and purposeful leadership that will take Nigeria back on track of development.
In a statement on Tuesday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the party said the First Lady only came to Ekiti state to entertain the indigenes.
He regretted that Mrs. Jonathan and host Governor Ayo Fayose treated Ekiti people and other Nigerians watching the event life on the television with comedy.
According to him: “Throughout her speech, she manifested an image of a village masquerade providing a momentary comic relief to a poverty ravaged community not in a hurry for socio-economic salvation.
“You would have thought that the First Lady would list her husband’s achievements in Ekiti State and then give the people some hope that her husband would build upon those achievements.
“But she engaged in a duet with her host and soul mate, Governor Ayo Fayose, in an empty campaign comedy to a thoroughly dazed enlightened Ekiti people.
“It was a perfect duet by two comedians that one does not need any counsel that Nigeria must be rescued from the captivity of the costumed ‘people of power’ without responsibility.”
He also condemned the frequent verbal attacks by the first lady on APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “She was consistently painting Buhari as a man that would herd Nigerians into jail without committing any crime whereas Buhari only insisted that criminals during his coming administration would go to jail.
“She said she was not ready to prepare food for Fayose in jail. Inadvertently, Mrs. Jonathan was telling Nigerians that Fayose is a candidate for the prison if Buhari wins.”
He stressed that Ekiti people had made up their minds to vote Buhari, because according to him, they had become wiser and would not vote a regime that did not hold any promise for their future.
The first lady had said in the rally that she is not ready to carry food for her husband in prison.
In a related development, popular catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Catholic Archdiocese, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka has gone to town with tales of how President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife are planning to assassinate him.