- Category: Politics
- Published on Sunday, 27 February 2011 15:24
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More knocks came yesterday for President Goodluck Jonathan from the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) over his remarks that the South-West was too important to be left in the hands of rascals.
They spoke at the launch of the campaign for ACN governorship candidate, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and other party candidates in the April elections in Oyo State.
Tinubu, who had in his first reaction to Jonathan’s comment at a session with newsmen in Lagos described the president as a “drunken sailor fisherman,” called him a traitor and an ingrate. He chided Jonathan for making such ‘uncouth’ statement, saying it was unbecoming of a president.
Recalling Jonathan’s rise to power, the ACN chief accused the president of being treacherous and even lying to Nigerians that “in 2011, he would not mind becoming a Vice-President again to a Northerner if God made it so…
“He came here and called us rascals. We are rascals for progress, development and for all the good of our people…We are not rascals, we are not bastards; he came here to abuse our parents— fathers and mothers alike. We are educated people,” he said.
Tinubu accused the Federal Government of destroying the country in the last 12 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration and called on the people to reject the party at the April general elections. “Use your votes to reject them. Send them away. They have been ruling for the past 12 years; yet you don’t have good roads, no electricity, no water, unemployment is on the increase, insecurity gives room to kidnapping, no food on your table. It has been 12 years of deceit, lies and bad governance,” he said.
Presenting Ajimobi to the people, Tinubu said all the good things going on in Lagos State would be replicated in Oyo State, if ACN is voted into power.
Former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina, described Jonathan as a bad representative of the Niger Delta, which had produced patriots and visionary leaders such as Isaac Boro. Reacting to the ACN leaders’ statements, Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Mr. Dotun Oyelade, said: “The Ibadan rally, as usual, was bankrolled, organised and personified by the chief rascal himself…Tinubu.
“Instead of scolding his surrogates for playing to our hands by using the same podium erected by the Akala campaign at Mapo for their own rally without the decency to construct their own, Jonathan has been proved right because decency and self-esteem, which are the hallmark of the Yoruba, have been utterly discarded by these characters by that singular insensitivity. The record of achievements of Akala will continue to haunt them until they stop promising what they cannot give.”