The Southwest zonal chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday confronted President Goodluck Jonathan with stark analysis of his last minute moves to court Yoruba monarchs ahead of the general elections, saying it will not secure him victory in the March 28 presidential election.
In a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity in the zone, Mr. Ayo Afolabi, the party explained why Jonathan will lose in the Southwest.
According to the APC, Yorubas voted massively for President Jonathan in 2011 based on their conviction that he was a better candidate but that they have been disappointed by his poor performance in governance.
The statement reads: “The latest move by President Goodluck Jonathan to court Southwest monarchs ahead of 2015 general election has no redemptive electoral value in Southwest because it is devoid of strategic assessment.
“The strategic question the President and his campaign managers should have tried to answer before engaging on the rash moves is: how many of such desperate and impromptu meetings were needed before Yoruba people voted for him in 2011? How much did President Jonathan spend to get Yoruba votes in 2011 and why should he think money will save him now?
“All other regions extracted several promises from President Jonathan in the race to 2011 elections except the Southwest, which voted based on their firm convictions and commitment to justice and good governance.
“However, despite getting Yoruba votes effortlessly, what did the region get in return? In the last five years, Jonathan’s administration has shown unbearable contempt for the region and its people and their values, especially in the attempt to adulterate their leadership values.
“For instance, many top Yoruba people in the civil service have been the victim of Jonathan administration’s nepotism. Under no compulsion, no Yoruba person will be proud of those President Jonathan has imposed as leaders representing Yoruba people in different capacities whether as governor, minister, or party leaders.
“From all intent and purposes, governance has stopped in Ekiti State as the governor has been functioning more as a campaign manager with the resources of Ekiti people than as a governor. Ekiti people deserve better than they currently get.
“The Southwest APC is confident that Yoruba monarchs and voters are conscious of the implications of a Greek Gift and as the bastion of democratic justice and good governance, they will vote true to their cultural identity that loathes tyranny, corruption, and nepotism.
“In fact, activities in the Presidency in the last few weeks have confirmed that Jonathan did not realise the need for governance until it is evident that Nigerians have already embraced the opportunity of change offered by the APC.
“Nigerians deserve better than such a President and they will use their ballot to pass a vote of no confidence on the clueless and wasteful Jonathan administration on March 28”.