Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, criticized President Goodluck Jonathan’s yesterday’s speech delivered in Lagos during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally.
It would be recalled that GEJ’s speech caused controversial reactions. Some called it truly passionate and persuasive, while the others tagged it as “full of mediocrity”.
In particular, the All Progressives Congress (APC) lambasted the President alleging he was only shedding crocodile tears.
Fashola, APC card holder, was among those dissatisfied with Jonathan’s performance saying it was obvious that he could no longer rule Nigeria, Premium Times reports.
Speaking 8 January, Thursday, in Edo State capital, Benin, governor Fashola said that throughout his long speech Jonathan failed to explain what he had actually done for the country and what he would do if re-elected in February.
See Fashola’s opinion below:
“Today, you have listened to a vice presidential candidate telling you in 29 minutes many things you will never hear at a rally because the time for such discussions doesn’t exist for many Nigerian want to interrogate people making empty promises.
“But we chose to be different because we are bustling with ideas. We know ideas can change things. He (Osinbajo) has spoken to you for 29 minutes. He has been on this assignment for only three weeks and he has discussed power with you, he has discussed employment with you, he has discussed agriculture with you, he has discussed welfare scheme, health care, youth development with you without reading any speech. He has been there for three weeks only and he has not been yet elected.
“Now what is on the other side (PDP), because I spent about an hour listening to the president in my state? For almost the same period I saw a very angry president. I saw a president who is lamenting about people judging his performance and blaming all those who ruled before him, forgetting that he has been on this job for six years.
“And he kept saying ‘they say we don’t have a plan’ and for almost 45 minutes he did not reveal a plan on security, he did not reveal a plan on corruption. I listened to him. Now after six years without being able to articulate what he has done and what he will do but blaming everybody and forgetting that he is the Commander-in-Chief. If the kitchen is becoming too hot as it’s becoming obvious he must get out of it.
“This election is going to be about job approval. It is not about where you come from; it is not about how young he is; it is job approval after six years. Are you happy with your situation?
“So if after six years he has not been able to explain to you what he is doing with your time, with your resource – 52 % revenue formula, do you want to continue another four years.”
Fashola, who spoke at the event after APC’s Vice Presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo, said that Osinbajo, unlike the PDP’s seniors, had managed to explain his party’s agenda just 3 weeks after having been named a running mate.
“I know this man. He was AG of Lagos State when I was Chief of Staff to Governor Tinubu. People have introduced him as a pastor, yes he is. But he is also a professor of law. He became a professor at 33 or so. So he has taught many lawyers and he still teaches. He also goes to court and he still preaches religion. That is the versatility of the man.
“What many people do not know, which the PDP people agreed – God bless the soul of Late Umaru Yar’Adua, who said the election that brought him to power was flawed they rigged everything that was ‘riggable’.
“It was Professesor Osinbajo that challenged all of us saying ‘we can’t let this thing go without a challenge. Let us go and go get forensic expert because I believe that the ballot papers was thumb-printed not by legitimate voters and he brought somebody and one by one it showed where either the same person voted 100 times… they used palm kernel. That is the capacity of the man who wants to be your vice president.”
It would be noted that Jonathan touched upon the issues of insurgency, corruption education and others, during his yesterday’s speech.
The politician blasted the opposition accusing him of not having plans for development of Nigeria. He insisted that his administration’s achievements were the proof that they always had the working plan.