The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said the poor performance of the president Jonathan administration and its policy inconsistencies, more than anything else, are fuelling the ongoing debate on whether or not, the president will seek re-election in 2015.
Reacting to a presidency statement over the ‘’growing furore in political circles and the media’’ over the president’s alleged ambition for 2015, the party said in a statement issued in Lagos, on Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that a government that fails to perform has created the atmosphere for rumours that will inevitably overheat the polity.
“Mr. President, we in the ACN are not bothered about whether or not you plan to run in 2015. What concerns us now is how to alleviate the collective suffering of the Nigerian people, who have experienced more pain than gain in one year of your administration, and have yet to reap the fruits of democracy almost 15 years of the country’s return to constitutional order under your party’s watch.
‘’If we must be frank, this past one year has been like four for Nigerians who have been subjected to untold hardship and the effects of a catalogue of bad and inconsistent policies. As governance takes the back seat and meaningless politicking becomes the order of the day, many wish the four years of your administration will just pass by fast to give them the opportunity to make a better choice of leadership.
“This is what is driving the 2015 debate,’’ it said.
The ACN reminded the president that his administration started off on a wobbly note, when it flew a satanic kite on tenure elongation that backfired and quickly eroded what many called the goodwill that ushered him into Aso Rock.
‘’This was followed by the ill-advised fuel subsidy removal that has now turned into a fiasco; the poorly-managed aftermath in which peaceful protesters were crushed by gun-toting soldiers, even in a democracy; the unprecedented corruption revealed by the fuel subsidy probe, and an equally-horrendous looting of the public treasury in all sectors.
‘’Add this to what is arguably an all-time low supply of electricity that has thrown vast swath of the nation’s landscape into darkness, the rising unemployment, worsening state of infrastructure and monumental insecurity of lives and property, and you have a ready mix of ingredients that will easily overheat a polity,’’ the party said.