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Thursday, 24 October 2013

APC Rejects National Conference, Says Jonathan Has Lost Focus

President Goodluck Jonathan
By SaharaReporters, New York
Nigeria’s main opposition political party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) today announced its rejection of the National Dialogue being organised by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The position was taken at a meeting of the National Executive Committee of the APC in Abuja.  It was attended by six governors.
Speaking after the meeting, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed declared that Mr. Jonathan has lost focus and the credibility required to organize that kind of conference.
“What we see today is that this government has lost focus, it has lost credibility, it has lost control of the economy, security, corruption has attained uncontrollable proportion and at this point in time, this government lacks the credibility to organise a real meaningful national conference.
“In any event, we see this thing as nothing but a diversion and what are we talking about a national conference for when even the President himself has said that the outcome of that conference would be subjected to the approval of the National Assembly?”
Mr. Mohammed pointed out that in effect, the aim is a constitutional amendment rather than a national conference.  He said the APC would not be a party to it, stressing that it is not an issue of boycotting.
“I have put it clear to you: this is diversionary. If it is a clear, meaningful national dialogue, we will participate, but this isn't. The President himself has said whatever is discussed there will be subjected to National Assembly. So, what you are having is constitutional amendment."


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