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NIGERIA: FG to Resist Plans by Opposition to Form Alternative Govt

 The presidency has said it will resist any attempt by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to form an alternative government if President Goodluck Jonathan is re-elected in next month’s general election.

It also accused the APC of planning to instigate political crisis in the country if the party (APC) did not win the presidency.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, presidential amnesty programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, stated this in Port Harcourt yesterday at an ethnic nationality summit.

Kuku, who was addressing the leadership of the various youths organisations drawn from the Niger Delta, noted that the APC had been threatening to form an alternative government if it did not win the February 14 presidential election.
He said the presidency has resolved to ensure that the 2015 election would be free and fair but will resist any attempt by any political party or group to cause mayhem after the election.

“If the APC is confident that it would win the presidential elections, why should the party now resort to threats? Nigeria is too big for any group of people to contemplate the idea of forming an alternative government when there already exists a legitimate administration voted into office by Nigerians,” Kuku said.

He recalled that before the 2011 general election, some politicians who are now members of the APC had threatened that there would be unrest if Jonathan won the election.  He noted that after the election, violence was unleashed, resulting in the death of many persons including members of the National Youth Service Corps. None of the chieftains of APC, he said, ever condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property in 2011.

Kuku, however, said Jonathan would continue to run the affairs of the country despite the distractions posed by unwarranted opposition to his policies.

He cited the Boko Haram insurgency as one major indicator that the president does not believe in the resort to violence to resolve issues.

According to him, the president had offered Boko Haram members amnesty on several occasion to no avail.

“Because of this the government finds it disturbing that some persons are bent on taking vengeance against the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Onyeabor Ihejirika, just because he tried to combat Boko Haram to preserve the unity of the country.”

Kuku revealed that measures were being taken to ensure that Anambra State becomes part of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by virtue of it being an oil producing state.

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