APC’ll continue to lose unless they allow electorates choose their leaders – Presidency

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The Presidency said on Sunday that the All Progressives Congress would continue to lose elections until its leaders begin to realise that the electorates had the right to choose their leaders.

The Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Alkali, stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

Reacting to allegations by an APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that President Goodluck Jonathan engineered the impeachment of former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, Alkali said the APC leaders appeared to have lost their focus since they lost Ekiti State governorship poll.

He said it was very absurd for any political party that wanted to win the Presidency to denigrate the same office that it wanted to occupy.

Alkali said it was particularly pathetic that Tinubu, who contributed immensely in the struggle for the return to democratic governance, had joined the league of those that engaged in acts that could likely truncate the same institution he fought for.

He said, “It is very strange for Tinubu, someone who has led government before, someone who has been in the forefront of advancing democracy for many years, to descend so low as to cast aspersions on the President of this country on issues he cannot defend.

“It appears to me that since the Ekiti election, which PDP decisively won, Tinubu and APC leaders have lost their focus. This is democracy, which gives everybody the right to speak; but in doing so, you should not undermine institutions of governance. The same institution you are aspiring to take over and manage.

“Recently, the Adamawa State House of Assembly impeached their governor and even as that happened, the APC was up in arms that it was Mr. President that impeached the governor of Adamawa State.

“Why should he do that and how can he do that? Are you saying the 24 or 25 members of the House of Assembly are not in control of their constituencies; that there are no leaders or stakeholders in Adamawa State, who worked for or with former governor Nyako, who could have stopped the impeachment?”

Alkali said that the PDP had lost a lot to opposition political parties, either at the court or more recently through defection, yet he said the PDP stood firm.



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