The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) yesterday described the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, as a servant who is just barking over nothing.
No matter what Okupe does, the opposition party said, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot stop the All Progressives Congress (APC), a merger of Nigeria’s progressive parties, in 2015.
A statement in Abuja by ANPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Emma Eneukwu, said it is unfortunate that Okupe, who was hurriedly hired by the Presidency as a “decoy to whitewash this lacklustre government, does not have any constructive job to do but to pollute the remaining breathable air in the nation’s space at any given opportunity.”
The statement reads: “The facts are sacrosanct: PDP has failed Nigerians. Although the curriculum vitae of Dr Okupe is apt for the job he applied for to reinvent his moribund career as a public space banter artist, we must point out that no matter the amount of noise made to obfuscate the citizens, and in fact the world, the truth cannot be hidden. First of all, the United States of America released the findings of a diligent investigation concerning the abysmal level of corruption in Nigeria; the APC did not carry out the investigation. It will also be recalled that when this same PDP government tried juggling figures with the name of Transparency International (TI) in a bid to confuse Nigerians over its non-existent anti-corruption war, the TI dutifully denied them, to the shame of The Presidency and its spin doctors.
“Concerning the policies of the present government, Nigerians are everyday pummelled with policy somersaults and blatant evidence of a clueless regime. Take for instance, the recent decision of President Jonathan to approve the concessioning of the nation’s two mega-stadia – the Abuja Stadium and the National Stadium, Lagos – with the lame reason that “it has become evident that the Federal Government could no longer maintain the six stadia across the six geo-political zones”.
“It beats the imagination why the same government that saw the concession policy it initiated crumble before it because of its entrenched government by cronyism, embark on another wasteful jamboree in a fake attempt to salvage the nation’s sports infrastructure. First it was the failed concession of Nigerian airports; then the scandalous Ibadan-Lagos Expressway concession. Why would a government be going round and round the same spot, if not because of incompetence and lack of ideas?
What is more, the propagandised Power Road Map, which promised to give Nigerians 13,000 megawatts at the end of this, year is still a contrived mirage.
“When the citizens cried out, the PDP government hastily engineered a sleight of hand – it shifted the goal post to 2016, a convenient date to come up with another subterfuge campaign slogan during the 2015 elections. But surely, Nigerians are watching, and they are smarter than the ruling party may wish or imagine.
“The ANPP is a great party, founded on a solid foundation; a platform from where many of today’s notable statesmen have sprung up to serve this great nation. If the truth must be told, the PDP today is peopled by many of ANPP renegades, who could not sustain the timeless values for which we resolutely stand and are known for. In fact, the PDP, a well-known gang of unprincipled ‘share-and-destroy’ pseudo-politicians, is irked at the realisation that despite its orchestrated onslaught on the fabrics of our great party, we are still standing, girded by the singular thread of democratic best practices.
“More so, Dr Okupe’s apprehension that we have found kindred spirits in fellow progressives in the nation’s political space, with whom we are set to lead the country away from PDP’s cloak-and-dagger politics of personality to ideas-based and issues-driven politics. To be candid, the legend, which says that dogs start to bark a few minutes before earthquakes, is certainly manifesting in Nigeria.
“As a party, we believe that Dr Okupe, PDP’s faithful attack dog, has an inkling of the coming electoral natural disaster about to swallow his pay masters. Nevertheless, the universal truth is that though the dog can bark so loud, it can never stop the disaster coming their way.”