The All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation has said that the claim by President Goodluck Jonathan that four years are not enough to transform the country is tantamount to reversing himself and confirming his failure to deliver on his own timeline.
A statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu today, said: “it is very imprudent of Mr. President to shift the goal post mounted by him in the middle of the game.
“It was this same President Jonathan who said in 2010 that if he could not improve on the country’s power generation capacity within four years, then it means he could not do anything.
“What was the president thinking about when he said: ‘Four years are enough for anyone to make significant improvement, and if I can’t improve on power within this period, then it means I cannot do anything.’ Nigerians expect that a president must own up to his own words and be responsible for his own beliefs.
“There can only be one reason why President Jonathan is changing his own beliefs about what it takes to transform the country and that is because he is incompetent for the job.
“Today, Nigerians are clamouring for change because, for six years the country has been led by a president who cannot give the people direction on how to stop corruption, how to provide security, create employment and provide infrastructure that will impact positively on the economy.
“We have said it in the past and we will be repeating it that the 2015 election, more than anything is a referendum on the performance of President Jonathan. The President has not measured up to the least expectations of Nigerians and that is why they are earnestly waiting for February 14 to pass their verdict.
“Whereas the Goodluck Jonathan administration has not been able to deliver on any of the promises the president made to Nigerians in 2010, the government under the President’s watch has surpassed every known boundaries on issues of corruption and impunity.
“Let us remind the president that if truly Rome was not built in a day, Rome is also not built forever. The President has failed to deliver by his own timelines and he should patiently wait for Nigerians to pass their verdict over the incompetence of his administration,” Garba Shehu said. [myad]