Jonathan lec­tures APC on op­po­si­tion pol­i­tics

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Habibu Umar Aminu

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day handed out tips to lead­ers of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) on how to be ef­fec­tive as an op­po­si­tion party .

Pres­i­dent Jonathan who was speak­ing at the pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion of the au­tho­rised bi­og­ra­phy of for­mer gover­nor of old Kaduna State, Ab­dulka­dir Balarabe Musa, said it would be wrong for the APC to as­sume that a party can earn au­to­matic re­spect by merely as­sum­ing the toga of an op­po­si­tion.

He said for an op­po­si­tion party to be ef­fec­tive, it must be com­mit­ted to so­cial ad­vo­cacy, adding that as it stands now APC lacks a de­fined and clear ide­ol­ogy to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive plat­form to Nige­ri­ans

Jonathan who was rep­re­sented by the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Labaran Maku, said past pro­gres­sives in the coun­try did not be­lieve in the pol­i­tics of re­gion­al­ism but of prin­ci­ples and val­ues that can ad­vance the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

He said this is in con­trast to to­day’s pro­gres­sives who are a mix­ture of people who at one time or the other left the govern­ment for some rea­sons only to start crit­i­ciz­ing the same govern­ment.

“The 2015 elec­tion will be a choice be­tween the PDP and a mix of sev­eral people from dif­fer­ent back­grounds who have gath­ered into a plat­form be­cause of the need to con­test elec­tion,’’ he said.

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