President Goodluck Jonathan has said the consistent denigration of his government and attacks on his person by former President Olusegun Obasanjo was far from being ultraistic, describing Obasanjo’s actions of late as self-serving.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Reuben Abati, Jonathan said Obasanjo has been involved in a scheme to force an Interim National Government on Nigeria, a reason he has not seen anything good in his administration.
He said Obasanjo was also aiming to create crises and confusion in Nigeria and had hoped to benefit from such by his scheme to head an Interim Government he has been working to achieve.
A statement released by Abati and made available to Newspot Nigeria said the plots by Obasanjo and his supporters within and outside Nigeria will fail since President Jonathan has been faithful to his oath of office in protecting Nigeria.
Jonathan’s reaction is coming on the heels of earlier remarks by his predecessor that the President forced the postponement of the general election on Nigerians because he had aimed to continue in office at all costs.
The Statement read, “Chief Obasanjo’s plot with others within and outside the country to thwart the general elections and foist an unconstitutional Interim National Government, which he hopes to head on the nation is well known to us, but by the Grace of God Almighty, his odious plan to return to power through the back door will fail woefully.
“We know very well that it is in pursuit of this nefarious plot that the former President continues to sow the seeds of discord and crises in the polity by purporting to remain in the ruling party while openly consorting with the opposition, endorsing its candidates and predicting victory for opposition candidates in a manner most unbecoming of a supposed elder statesman.
“As we have had cause to say before, it is most regrettable indeed that a man like Chief Obasanjo, who should know better, chooses to repeatedly, wantonly, and maliciously impugn the integrity of a sitting President of his country for the primary purpose of self-promotion.
“It is obvious from Chief Obasanjo’s serial vituperations against President Jonathan who is doing his best to positively transform Nigeria for the benefit of all of its people that he has willfully chosen to close his eyes to the present administration’s good works and intentions.
“For reasons best known to him, Chief Obasanjo has set his mind on regime change by fair or foul means.
“Otherwise, it would be completely senseless, irrational and out of place for Chief Obasanjo, who still claims to belong to the same party as the President, to accuse President Jonathan of plotting to win the rescheduled presidential elections by “hook or crook” and planning to plunge the nation into crisis if he loses the election.
“For the record, President Jonathan has no such intention and will continue to give the greatest possible support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant federal agencies to ensure that the rescheduled elections are successfully conducted.
“Thankfully, the vast majority of Nigerians who are patriotic and right-thinking cannot be fooled by Chief Obasanjo’s antics. We urge them to be assured that President Jonathan’s commitment to democracy in all its ramifications remains constant and that he will never be party to the use of any unlawful means to remain in office or gain political advantage over his opponents.
“The President stands by his commitment, which he reaffirmed on national television last Wednesday that on his watch, all elections in Nigeria, will be free, fair and credible, and that all certified election results will be respected.
“As President Jonathan has also assured the nation, the rescheduling of the general elections was in the best interest of the nation and was never driven by any ulterior motive on the part of government as Chief Obasanjo and others have alleged.
“President Jonathan will continue to put his best efforts into giving Nigeria quality leadership and will not be distracted from his purpose by unwarranted and needless criticism by persons who ought to know better. The President also continues to trust in the good judgment of Nigerians and to believe that in appreciation of his sincere efforts to move the country forward over the past four years, they will re-elect him for a second term on March 28, 2015 with a mandate to pursue his agenda for national transformation to a successful conclusion”.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday renewed his diatribe against President Goodluck Jonathan over the rescheduled general election, accusing him of plotting to emerge victorious “by hook or by crook”. The former President accused Jonathan of having a grand plan to create confusion and plunge the nation into chaos if his plan fails. Addressing reporters at his residence in Abeokuta on a day initially slated for the Presidential election before it was rescheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to March 28, the former President warned that Jonathan was treading the path trod by former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, who orchestrated a shift in election date in that country, lost the poll to Alassane Ouattara when the elections eventually held but refused to hand over power, and consequently plunged his nation into turmoil.
He said the poll shift was forced on the electoral commission as part of a script.
“Either the President is following his own grand plan or he and his associates are working the script. They are playing a script which of course must have got his endorsement if not initiated by him,” he said.
Obasanjo said, “what is observable and what would appear to be happening is that the President has a grand plan, a grand plan to ensure that by hook or by crook he wins the election or if it all fails, he scuttles it and creates chaos, confusion and unpleasantness in the whole country because it is the duty and function and (the) responsibility of the security officers to provide security”, he said while faulting the premises upon which the poll shift was based.