Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its recent utterances. He urged the party to talk less and plan more as the nation moves towards the 29th May inauguration date.
Alkali, in reaction to claims by the APC that the president was ruining the economy, said “the allegation is immature, reckless and out of tune with the President’s desire and patriotic commitment to a peaceful transfer of power”.
“Nigerians will recall that shortly after the results of the Presidential elections were announced, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated a high powered transition committee to plan and organize a hitch free transition programme for the inauguration of the incoming administration.
“Surprisingly, it took the APC more than three weeks to wake up to its responsibility to constitute its own transition committee. How then can they turn round to accuse the government of frustrating the transition programme?
“Since the setting up of the committee, the President and the entire machinery of the Federal Government have been put on the transition mode and all government officers have been giving maximum cooperation to the incoming transition committee,” he noted.
According to him, “by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Jonathan remains in office up to the 29th of May 2015 when he formally hands over to the incoming President. The machinery of government cannot be put on hold or frozen because the country is in transition,” he said.