The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe has lashed out at the newly registered All Progressives Congress. While speaking to newsmen on Thursday, Dr Okupe disclosed that the party’s “foundation is wrong, its combination is faulty and its ideologies are not clearly defined” as such, he said the party may not last long.
Though he had earlier expressed feelings that the party would not be registered, Okupe told newsmen on Thursday that the registration of the party is an expression of President Jonathan’s “political liberalism.” Speaking further, he said “this would not have happened under many African Presidents, especially when it is obvious that there were hurdles and obstacles to that registration. These are people that were beaten individually and collectively before, we will defeat them randomly.”
While stating that the obstacles to the registration could have been used to frustrate the party’s registration, Dr Okupe said “we are glad that instead of fighting three or four parties, we can concentrate on one and get it done.”
On being disturbed by the new mega-party to the point of considering moving to the new party, the Senior Special Assistant said “I can assure you that there is nobody in the Presidency that is worried. For us, it is a good thing, it is a great development. We will see how far they can go. Our party may have its faults, problems and inadequacies, but there is no alternative than to be inside. There are more than enough reasons for people to leave but when you know you don’t have a winning platform politically, it amounts to committing political suicide. These are empty boasts and things that do not hold water. None of these Governors as you can see for yourselves is prepared to move.”
On the President’s plans for 2015, Okupe said “”the President has not decided and he has not told anybody”. He however chipped in that “if the President decides to run for the presidency in 2015, nobody can beat him. The calculations are in his favour, the odds are in his favour and the national supports are in his favour but this is not the time to campaign.”
He said the Presidency is concerned about delivering the dividends of democracy to the people. He described those campaigning as “political jobbers” who have nothing to do.