APC accuses Jonathan’s Govt of hindering smooth transition of power

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the
JonathanAdministration of plotting to hinder a smooth
handover of power on May29th,. as it is becoming apparent
that the Administration will not fully cooperate with the
incoming government, despite its public posturing in that
regard.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also
described as an act of hostility and a patently-misplaced
aggression the unnecessary vituperation against the incoming
Buhari Administration by the Jonathan government, ostensibly
because of the terms of reference of the Buhari Transition
Committee but in reality part of an orchestrated
plot to sabotage the transition.
It rejected the continued blackmail by the Jonathan
Administration as a result of President Jonathan’s concession
of defeat, wondering whether the concession, gracious as it
was, has now become a shield for all wrong doings.
”We are sick and tired of being blackmailed by the
Jonathanians. Gen. Buhari won the 28 March Presidential
Elections fair and square, having satisfied both constitutional
and other statutory requirements. We
have no apology for our victory, and the concession of defeat
– while it may have increased the political stock of President
Jonathan – has by no means diminished the historic and
emphatic victory of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and the All
Progressives Congress,” APC said.
Justifying its statement that the Jonathan Administration is
plotting to hinder a smooth transition of power, the party said
while the outgoing government had earlier issued a memo to
all ministries, departments and agencies to make sure their
handover notes are ready by April 20th, the same government
has now reversed itself and said the handover notes will not
be ready until May 14th.
”With the new date, the Buhari Transition Committee will have
little or no time to take a thorough look at the handover notes
or seek clarification on knotty issues, effectively handing it
(Buhari Transition Committee) a fait accompli as far as the
handover notes are concerned. This does not augur well for a
smooth transition and gives
the impression that the outgoing Administration is trying to
hide something.
”By its dillydallying on the date for the readiness of the
handover notes from the MDAs, the administration’s posturing
that it is ready to hand over has been exposed as nothing but
a smokescreen,” it said.
APC described as illogical and strange the claim by the
Jonathan Administration that the President-elect is trying to
set up a parallel government simply because he has set up
his own Transition Committee and given it terms of reference
meant to guide the members on the discharge of their duties
as members of that Committee, wondering how
on earth those terms of reference have become the concern of
the outgoing Federal Executive Council.
”In case the Federal Executive Council has forgotten, Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress was
declared the winner of the March 28th Presidential Election by
INEC. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is therefore today the
President-elect and the All Progressives Congress
the incoming government. It is therefore illogical to accuse the
President-elect and the incoming government of setting up a
parallel government.
”It is either the outgoing Federal Executive Council has
something to hide or is bent on sabotaging the incoming
government. There can be no other reasons for the misplaced
aggression that was exhibited in that ill-intentioned,
unprovoked and vitriolic statement from the Jonathan
government,” the party said.
It said that in order to put the matter beyond doubt, the party
has decided to publish in full the terms of reference in question
so that Nigerians can judge for themselves whether there is
anything suggestive of intimidation or running a parallel
government in the document.

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