The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, urged leaders of thought in the South West to ignore the promise by President Goodluck Jonathan that he will implement the recommendations of the National Conference report.
The opposition party, in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, said the confab report contains nothing that approximates to their collective interest and as such should be regarded as an attempt to defraud them.
The APC said though the South West enjoys the inalienable right to adopt anyone, the recent news that the zone has adopted President Goodluck Jonathan was premised on a flawed reason.
According to the statement, the report of the Confab does not, in anyway, represents the opinion of the generality of Nigerians, as the attendees at the conference were merely handpicked by the Presidency and not elected by the people.
The party further describe majority of those angling for the adoption of President Jonathan as hungry people, who are speaking in his favour because their palms have been greased.
“Whilst we are not averse to any group supporting any candidate for the forthcoming general election, it is vitally important to state that a recent purported endorsement of Jonathan by former Confab conferees from the South-west was predicated on spurious and utterly dishonest reason.
“It is necessary to state that all points of the Yoruba agenda that could have favoured the South-West, including regional autonomy, restructuring, devolution of power and parliamentary system, could not sail through at the conference.
“These people knew that though they deceived Nigerians, particularly the Yoruba people, with the ostensible reason, but the real reason for the endorsement was because of their personal economy.
“Some of them have had their personal finances transformed by way of juicy but dubious security contracts and handsome cash largesse by the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at the expense of Nigerian people.
“We consider it asinine that any group can predicate its support for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on his promise to respect any agreement.
“The antecedents of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan speak eloquently of a serial promise breaker, unreliable keeper of gentlemanly agreement and unabashed turncoat,” the statement said.
Source: Daily Independent