- Say Patience should be stopped from promoting violence by asking supporters to stone opposition
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA — All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, said yesterday that the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan was “an incredibly crude woman” but thanked Nigerians for putting up with her attitude.
APCPCO consequently urged President Goodluck Jonathan to call his wife to order in view of Abuja Peace Accord.In a statement in Abuja, the organisation said Mrs Jonathan’s recent description of the presidential candidate of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari as “brain-dead” was both insulting and demeaning of her status as the First Lady.
The statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity Unit of the organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, observed that “it was discourteous and inexcusable for a wife of any president with a modicum of decency to make such a false and infantile pronouncement about the health status of another man on account of politics.”
The APCPCO further recalled another of Mrs Jonathan’s statement in Calabar, Cross River State where she urged PDP supporters to “stone” all those canvassing for change, saying she was invoking violence.
The statement added that it was below the standard of a wife of a president to stoop so low to call for violent attacks against members of the opposition.
Urges Jonathan to stop desecrating religious institutions
Meanwhile, the APCPCO has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of turning worship centres into political platforms.
Mallam Garba Shehu in a statement said it was an “absurdity that defies the norms of government practices, and that the President is deliberately doing so “in the belief that the manipulation of religious sentiments would cover up the multitudes of his epic failures.”
According to Shehu, using worship centres as platforms for making major official statements could create precedents that the country could not handle in the future.
He said if past Presidents did not use the mosques or churches to make official statements of public importance, it was wrong for President Jonathan to start something that is already sending the wrong message.
The statement said with the exploitation of religion for political gains, President Jonathan and his PDP-led government have lost any basis to accuse its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, of being a religious “bigot” or “fanatic.”
Similarly, the APC presidential campaign also frowned at the reports of money allegedly shared to religious leaders by President Jonathan to get their support, describing it as scandalous.
It said it was incredibly embarrassed as to why a government would allegedly seek to bribe religious leaders to cover up its misdeeds and win re-election, despite its incompetence and non-performance.
It regretted that bribing religious leaders would not only bring them into disrepute but also make nonsense of President Jonathan’s claim to fight corruption.