Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ezeife, Afenifere, Arewa youths berate President over campaign promises denial

The Presidency’s denial that a campaign docu-ment, entitled My Covenant With Nigerians, originated from All Progressives Con-gress, APC, was greeted with angry reactions yesterday.

Many, who spoke to Vanguard expressed disappointment at the denial, describing it as a betrayal of confidence.

The document, which had gone viral on the social media, detailed electioneering promises purportedly made by the President.

Former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said: “President Buhari has very serious problems. The most worrisome is what seems like a design to scatter this country through his appointments.

“Whether he is spending 100 or 200 days is irrelevant. Where are his ministers? Where is the representation on the basis of the geo-political zones? Junaid Mohammed stoked the fire by saying that President Buhari does not owe Ndigbo anything.

“By denying the South-East the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the President acted in an insensitive manner.

“We have six geo-political zones in the country, but the North-East has dominated the appointments made so far.”

APC’s greatest deceiver—Babatope

Former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said: “I hope it is beginning to dawn on Nigerians now that APC is the greatest deceiver we have in this country.

“That the party is now denying the document that emanated from them during the electioneering campaigns is very unfortunate and in due time we will respond.”

It’s a swindling of electorate—Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, described the denial as the highest level of perfidy.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said: “It is what I will call the swindling of the electorate; it is also what I call obtaining under false pretence. We saw all the promises flying around and APC never disowned those promises.

“They erected billboards all around major cities. I was thinking they would say it was because they met a different thing on the ground. But to tell us that those things were not promised is the highest level of perfidy. It is most unfortunate.

“That is the price the electorate would pay for not asking questions.”

Betrayal of trust — Shettima

On his part, National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima said: “It is one thing for politicians to go to the field and make promises, and another thing for them to implement those promses.

“However, we should not be in a hurry. They have their reasons. Perhaps, it is as a result of the challenges they are facing.

“Of course, they are aware of these problems. But I think it amounts to a betrayal to tell Nigerians what you would do and you fail to do it.”

Breach of social contract—Ajulo

National Secretary of the Labour Party, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, said: “The ethnic slant in the appointments so far is just too obvious, and we cannot afford to just ignore these ominous signs.

“Do the praise singers of the President expect Nigerians to fold their hands and watch or join them in cheering the President as he tows the dangerous path of sectionalism and nepotism?

“It is uncharitable, breach of social contract and utter deceit and conspiracy against Nigerians for Buhari to deny the knowledge of these campaign promises.”