The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to take a long, hard look at himself in the mirror, if he truly wants to see the face of a party leader who is fast turning his party into a one-man show.
”Saying the PDP is the only truly democratic party and that other parties are one-man shows is a cruel irony, coming shortly after this same President brushed aside the constitution of his party and single-handedly installed the Governor of his state,” the ACN said in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Lagos on Wednesday.
”We see the comments attributed to the President, which we have waited for him to deny to no avail, as one of the many gaffes which have come to define the Jonathan Presidency, rather than a statement to be taken seriously,” the party said.
ACN advised the President to always show deep introspection in his public comments, because he is not just presiding over any country, but one with the largest concentration of black people on earth, which bestows a lot of responsibility on him.
”If the President is not accusing Lagosians and their teenage children of consuming most of the ‘subsidized’ fuel in the country, he is lending his weight to anti-democratic tendencies by tacitly supporting the stoning of governors who fail to perform in office.
These divisive and anti-democratic tendencies are not the attributes of a leader who wants to be great,” the party said.
It said the comments attributed to President Jonathan, in which he disparaged other political parties, may have been tolerable if made by the chairman of his party or any other PDP official, rather than the President who is the father of the nation.
”The President must learn to rise above certain issues and do things that will enhance the respect the citizens have for his office, rather than rushing to exhibit soap-box mentality when the occasion does not call for it.
”As for which party is democratic and which one is not, or which administration has unleashed unspeakable hardship and calamity on the citizens we leave that judgement to Nigerians, instead of a highly-partisan and easily excitable President,” ACN said.