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Jonathan’s concession of defeat opportunistic, says CDRP

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan

Snr Correspondent, Lagos


A group, Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People (CDRP) has described the torrential commendation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession speech and calling of president-elect as misplaced, parochial and opportunistic.

Jonathan, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had conceded defeat in last Saturday’s presidential election and congratulated his opponent, Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) via the telephone.

Jonathan called Buhari even moments before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the APC candidate as the winner of the election.

After conceding defeat, many Nigerians and indeed world leaders praised Jonathan and described his action as heroic and commendable.

But CDRP’s Acting National Coordinator, Comrade Waheed Saka, in a statement on Thursday, disagreed and stressed that the concession speech and the call made to the president-elect by President Goodluck Jonathan was definitely symbolic but not extra-ordinary.

Saka, who is also the Osun State Coordinator of Nigerians United for Democracy, noted that what Jonathan did was indeed very natural in the face of the silent revolution across the country.

He argued that the action in some quarters making President Jonathan concession a heroic feat was not only a disservice to the collective psyche of Nigerians, but also to the memory of victims of Jonathan administration.

Such, according to Saka, “is misplaced, parochial and opportunistic; it is like making a hero out of a villain and a genius out of a mediocre!”

The group insisted that the gain of a democratic transition could not equal as relief for the pains and pangs inflicted on the citizens of the country in the past six years through the insensitivity, corruption and overall maladministration of the Jonathan regime.

“The call from certain cliché seeking for Nobel Peace prize for President Goodluck Jonathan is laughable and condemnable. How can you situate the demand for Nobel Prize for a president that is divisive in fact and in deed? How can you call a president that presided over the most corrupt regime in the history of our nation a hero?

“How can anyone call Jonathan a hero in the face of the oil subsidy scam, pension scam, NIS Scam, Bullet proof car scandal, missing $20bn, Malabu scam, the N10bn jet scandal and many other scandals too numerous to mention,” CDRP queried.

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