The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has described the wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan as “an incredibly crude woman” but thanked Nigerians for putting up with her.
The party also urged the president to call her wife to order over her recent comment on the presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari..
The APCPCO said in a statement yesterday in Abuja that it is not only insulting for Mrs Jonathan to describe Buhari as “brain-dead” it is also demeaning of her status as the First Lady.
Spokesman of APCPCO, Mr Garuba Shehu also observed that it was discourteous and inexcusable for a wife of any president with a modicum of decency to make such a false and infantile pronouncement about the health status of another man on account of politics.
The APCPCO recalls that in recent time, Mrs Jonathan had made statements invoking violence like she did in Calabar over the weekend when she urged PDP supporters to “stone” all those canvassing for change.
Shehu said that it was below the standard of a wife of a president to stoop so low to call for violent attacks against members of the opposition.
The statement noted that while a good number of Nigerians are not taken by surprise by Mrs. Jonathan’s recent incredulous pronouncements, it is important for her husband to put her in bridles in the spirit of the Abuja Peace Accord.
The APCPCO similarly observed that much as indecent the outbursts of Mrs. Jonathan was in attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians about her husband’s incompetence to lead the country, it is typical of the PDP’s modus operandi to confuse Nigerians with mundane issues instead of the issues of corruption, for which her husband has achieved an unbeaten record; his appalling lack capacity to secure life and property of citizens and a glaring incompetence in dealing with the challenges facing the economy.
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Meanwhile, the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has condemned the desperate tactics of President Goodluck Jonathan of using religion to gain sympathy and remain in office at all costs.
The party in a statement from the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the campaign and signed by Malam Garba Shehu, said it is surprising why the president has turned worship centres into platforms for making official statements or announcing government policies.
According to Shehu, using worship centres as platforms for making major official statements could create precedents that the country could not handle in the future.
He said “If predecessor Presidents did not use the Mosques or Churches to make official statements of public importance, it is wrong for President Jonathan to start something that is already sending the wrong message.”
The statement said with the exploitation of religion for political gains, President Jonathan and his PDP-led government have lost any basis to accuse its presidential candidate, General MuhammaduBuhari of being a religious “bigot” or “fanatic”.
Meanwhile, the APC presidential campaign said it was scandalized by reports of money being allegedly shared to religious leaders by President Jonathan in order to buy their conscience.
The APCPCO said it was incredibly embarrassed as to why a government would allegedly seek to bribe religious leaders in order to cover up its misdeeds and win re-election, despite its incompetence and non-performance.
It regretted that bribing religious leaders would not only bring them into disrepute but also make nonsense of President Jonathan’s claim to fight corruption.