‘Jonathan aides not telling him the truth’

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan may be a nice per­son, but he is sur­rounded by people who do not want him to suc­ceed, a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi, has said.

Ad­dress­ing House cor­re­spon­dents at a spe­cial press con­fer­ence tagged ‘ Hot Seat’, El-Sudi (PDP, Taraba) said had Jonathan’s aides been telling him the truth, he would have per­formed bet­ter than he did.

He said un­less the pres­i­dent does away with some people around him, he would have enor­mous chal­lenges ahead of him as 2015 draws nearer.

“I have been re­lat­ing with the pres­i­dent, and I have trav­elled with him to Rwanda and other coun­tries. He is a nice man, but he is sur­rounded by vul­tures. They don’t tell him the truth. To me, un­less he changes them, he will have a lot of chal­lenges,” he said.

Asked if he be­lieved Jonathan should con­test next year’s elec­tions, El-Sudi said it is Nige­ri­ans who have the right to tell the pres­i­dent to re-con­test based on his per­for­mance.

“To me, it is Nige­ri­ans that will de­cide if the pres­i­dent has done enough for them to re-elect him. But con­sti­tu­tion­ally, he has the right to re-con­test. I am a PDP man, and if the party elects him at the pri­maries, I will def­i­nitely be with him,” he said.

How­ever, El-Sudi said on budget per­for­mance, “the federal govern­ment has failed” them be­cause of the poor im­ple­men­ta­tion over the years, adding, “we ap­prove bud­gets ev­ery year, but we don’t see them im­ple­mented.”

El-Sudi who said that since his elec­tion in 2011, he got 47 of his con­stituents into the Nigeria Po­lice and 32 into the civil ser­vice, added that he has done many other projects in his con­stituency in­clud­ing provind over 100 sewing ma­chines, 80 mo­tor­bikes, cars and oth­ers to em­power the people.

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