By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Adebisi Akande, has described the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration as political armed robbers.
According to Akande, Jonathan’s administration is the worst in the history of Nigeria, saying that there were serious set backs in the lives of ordinary Nigerians under the Jonathan administration.
Akande stated this on Saturday, 2nd August, 2014 at a welcome reception organised for him by the Ila-Ifedayo-Boluwaduro Federal Constituency to commend his political activities so far.
He said: “This present regime is the worst. No peace, no infrastructure, no electricity, no employment, no industry, no prosperity, no orderliness and no peace of mind. Instead, there is panic everywhere.
“Today, Nigeria which is one of the wealthiest and most naturally endowed place on earth, because of deliberate incidence of corruption and consequence misrule by the military administrations and the PDP over the years, is breeding the poorest and most deprived citizens within its jurisdiction.”
The former governor condemned the militarisation of Osun State with the men of the Department of the State Security, soldiers and policemen.
He said the militarisation with sporadic shooting of the DSS officers everywhere in the state was meant to scare away voters and intimidate supporters of the APC.
“In the recently held governorship election in Ekiti state, hundreds of APC supporters and leaders were hounded into detention on the eve of the election, only for the federal government to hoodwink the global community to believe that the election was free and fair when in truth the process had been skewed in favour of the PDP in the pre-election processes.
“The same scenario is playing out again in Osun with the militarisation of the state by men of the state security services who are shooting sporadically everywhere in order to scare away the voters and intimidate our people before elections.”
Akande said the military has no business in civil activities like election and the electorate, lamenting that the set back of Nigeria was as a result of the misrule of the military regime.
According to the APC leader, the PDP and the presidency have begun moves to destroy opposition parties out of intolerance in their bids to hold onto power and continuing enriching themselves against the wish of the electorate.
“Hunting for powers enable them be accountable to no electorate, PDP and its presidency have begun to destroy opposition all over Nigeria by using massive federal powers to impeach governors and fully arming the police and soldiers to protect and cover up their corrupt leaders while fraudulently manipulating the wishes of Nigerians at the polls with absolute impunity.
“History does not change. It is the people who fail to learn the lessons of history. It was this type of actions by the then ruling parties that led to the collapse of the First and Second Republics of Nigeria due to the reckless use of brutal force by the ruling parties against the opposition.
“The present ruling PDP is already toeing this line at the risk of our hard earned democracy for which some of our compatriots paid the supreme sacrifice.
“With PDP in power, votes do not count and, therefore, the electorate are not important in PDP’s culture. That is why Nigeria has been sinking and failing under PDP governments.
“This present regime is the worst. Surely, this Jonathan’s presidency is a political armed robber”, Akande stated.
Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Mojeed Alabi advised the electorate on the need to appreciate development against the material and immediate gains known as stomach infrastructure.
According to Mojeed, Nigeria would remain underdeveloped should the electorate sell their votes to those who offer them petty cash, saying that the set of politicians do care for good governance.
Mojeed delivered a lecture on the topic: Leadership, Service and the Politics of Stomach Infrastructure, Akande and Rekindle of Hope” at the programme.
In his remarks, the Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, Bibire I, extolled the virtues of Akande, who is the Asiwaju of Ila, describing him as a man that meant well for his town, state and Nigeria at large.
Oyedotun acknowledged Akande’s contributions to the development of the Ila community, stating that the generations unborn would continue to appreciate Akande’s efforts on the development of the ancient town.