The presidency has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for directing its members to starve the government and its agencies of funds by not signing the 2014 budget. In a statement, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak said the APC by that action was calling for anarchy in the country.
He said the Presidency views with seriousness the latest directive by APC to its members in the National Assembly to continue on the path of confrontation by guerrilla tactics in its war against Nigerian people.
Alhaji Gulak said the APC wants an opportunity to seize power through undemocratic means, regretting that the directive to its members was the height of irresponsibility and affront on Nigerian people and the state.
“By now, it should be clear to Nigerians that the APC has a hidden agenda which it wants to achieve through extra constitutional means of simulating crisis for the presidency of Dr. Jonathan to provoke social and economic crisis in the country.
“The action of APC was to threaten to deny the national conference of funds to conduct its activities, the second was to ask its members to shun debate of the budget and screening of the ministerial nominees as well as service chiefs; this time they have included the Police votes, which has serious internal and physical implications even as we prepare for the national conference and the election; and very soon, the APC will go after INEC or any other critical national institution for that matter,” he said.
Gulak said the APC has declared an all out war against the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria.
He noted that as the government in power, the presidency urges all Nigerians to be vigilant and reject the APC’s ambush political tactics reserved only for guerrilla situations.
“We urge Nigerians to shun those who think they can employ the tactics they used against disgraced military dictators, to bring down a democratically elected government; those behind this evil plot should be mindful of the dangers inherent in their action,” he said.
Gulak said “their tactics so far have failed because the people of Nigeria have discovered that APC and its promoters are not interested in democratic contest but in trying to access power through the back door.”
He added that the APC has no plans to transform Nigeria because it has not organised itself as a political group ready for the task of governance.
Alhaji Gulak said: “The duty of opposition parties is not just to criticise and condemn the ruling party but also to provide alternatives; so far, what has come from APC is far off the mark, it is a sheer desperation for power based on empty noise making and raising false hopes of Eldorado.