Three weeks to the May 29 handover date, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alleged that the Federal Government’s Transition Committee is yet to meet a similar panel setup by the party to perfect arrangements for the event.
The party, which accused aides of the President of overheating the polity with their incautious statements, especially relating to the
transition of power, appealed to Jonathan to call them to order.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may be deeply traumatized by its loss in the last general elections – and the party itself has said it is indeed suffering from “post-election (defeat) trauma” – that should not be a reason for it to disrupt the country’s peace by displaying “crab mentality.”
Mohammed described as provocative and ill-intentioned the statement credited to the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof.
Rufai Alkali, that the APC should talk less and plan more for Nigeria, and that the APC is seeking to stampede the President out of office.
He said: ‘’Prof. Alkali doesn’t know what he is saying. How does he expect us to plan when the PDP-led Federal Government has bluntly refused to cooperate with us in ensuring a successful transition? As we write, the Transition Committee of the Federal Government has yet to hold a single meeting with our own Transition Committee, neither have they given us a line of handover note.
‘’As a matter of fact, the Jonathan administration has said the handover notes will not be ready until the third week of May, meaning just a week before the handover. What time then do we have to scrutinise the handover notes? How can we plan when we don’t even know which projects they have, which ones they have completed and which ones are outstanding? How can we plan when we don’t even know how many barrels of oil are sold per day?’’ APC queried.
The party said the fact that Prof. Alkali does not know the difference between Inauguration Committee and Transition Committee is a reflection of mediocrity that permeates the Jonathan administration and led to its downfall.
‘’While their Inauguration Committee has been meeting with ours, their Transitional Committee has yet to even meet with ours. How then can
Prof. Alkali justify his statement that the Jonathan administration has been in a ‘transition mode’?
‘’Is it part of their transition mode that President Jonathan has been engaged in a rash of feverish last-minute appointments that, though may not have breached any known law, are patently in bad faith, morally repugnant and indecorous. They say they are in office until May 29, but pray, are appointments the only function of a government? Are there no problems crying for attention, such as the intractable fuel scarcity, the worsening power situation, the grounded economy and the missing Chibok girls?
‘’Is it part of their transition mode that Jonathan’s Minister of Power has virtually been reading the riot act to the incoming government, condescendingly warning it not to even consider reversing the power sector privatisation because its gains are ‘very obvious?’ Do they understand the implication of their gratuitous and unsolicited piece of advice? If their power sector reforms have been so successful, would Nigeria’s power situation have hit perhaps its lowest point in a long time as we have it now?’’ it queried.
Mohammed said in as much as the Jonathan administration is bent on provoking the incoming government, creating confusion and even
sabotaging the transition, the party has decided not to fall for their antics in the interest of peace.
He reiterated its earlier piece of advice to the PDP to shake off the trauma of defeat and gear up for the challenging task of being in the opposition.

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