12 2/3 hero Akinjide told:"You belong to the past, Nigeria has moved on"

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Mallam Nuhu ribadu, ACN Presidential Candidate

 

Elder statesman, Chief Richard Osuolale Akinjide has been urged to reflect about his political past and deduce and measure out who has done more disservice to Nigeria;  Nuhu Ribadu as an anti corruption crusader who has put Nigeria on the anti corruption map, or himself( Akinjide) whose corrupt 12 2/3 plot still hunt Nigeria political history; the consequence of which still destabilise the nation’s consciece till date. 

The reaction was contained in a statement issued after reports that the Ibadan politician has described the Presidential candidate of Action Congress as incompetent to be a presidential candidate, Vice President and even governor. 

Mr. Akinjide was quoted in a telephone interview in a national newspaper that “Mallam Ribadu should have gone to the House of Representatives or the Senate. He is not a material for a Vice-President. I won’t even make him a governor.” 

Ribadu Campaign Organisation in a reation said: “We would have ignored the ranting of Mr. Akinjide who has continuously shown that he has disdain for good governance and progressive politics, but for the deceit contained in his statement. His role in the infamous second republic, and as one of the architects of the 12 2/3 controversy that threw Nigeria into the abyss of military rule, remains till this day”, the release contained. 

Details of the Press Release: 

The attention of the Ribadu Campaign Organisation has been drawn to remarks by Chief Richard Akinjide, that the Presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, is not fit to be President. Of course, Mr. Akinjide is entitled to his opinion and choice of candidate, but he should not distort facts to deceive Nigerians. 

We would have ignored the ranting of Mr. Akinjide who has continuously shown that he has disdain for good governance and progressive politics, but for the deceit contained in his statement. His role in the infamous second republic, and as one of the architects of the 12 2/3 controversy that threw Nigeria into the abyss of military rule, remains till this day. 

Mr. Akinjide was quoted in a telephone interview in a national newspaper that “Mallam Ribadu should have gone to the House of Representatives or the Senate. He is not a material for a Vice-President. I won’t even make him a governor.” 

For Mr. Akinjide to say he won’t make governor a holder of Masters of Law degree, a public prosecutor of many years experience, a man who has attended some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, tells a lot about the Ibadan politician. He must however be made to know that while he still lives in the past where himself and people of his ilk make people governors or presidents, Nigerians have decided to be the architect of their own destiny by choosing and electing their own leaders in a free and fair election. 

Of course Chief Akinjide is insensitive to the plight of millions of Nigerians who are tired of the rot the PDP federal government has visited on them for 12years. He does not feel the pains of the great citizens of this country who have seen a continuous decline in their standard of living, in the availability of basic amenities like electricity, good roads, etc. He does not suffer from the continuous insecurity that the PDP led government has thrown the whole country; from east to west, north to south, and even in his home town of Ibadan. 

One wonders what the octogenarian  politician was thinking when he spoke about acceptance by the international community. Without being immodest, no presidential candidate has the acceptance that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has in the international community. 

Mr. Ribadu has parleyed with several world leaders and has been invited to appear in parliaments around the world, including the US congress; he has contributed significantly to the global fight against graft and corruption, a role that continues to earn him tremendous respect internationally. 

This is someone who has just been chosen as one of only three international members to monitor and help in the fight against corruption in Afghanistan. But this election is not about the international community and international experience or acceptance. 

It is about the need for Nigeria as a nation to make a clean break from the past which Mr. Akinjide and the PDP represent. 

There is no better way to unite Nigerians than to vociferously challenge the major problems confronting the people. If this is the case, then Chief Akinjide needs to know that while he and the PDP have failed in this aspect, Nuhu Ribadu succeeded when he was given the chance. He fought gallantly against the monster that has hindered our growth as a nation, a monster that has made democracy un-enjoyable to Nigerians; a, monster that Chief Akinjide and the PDP pamper and allow to grow. In that fight against corruption, Ribadu did much more than what Mr. Akinjide and the PDP have to offer. 

Ibrahim Modibbo
Special Adviser, Media and Communications
Ribadu Campaign Organisation

1 COMMENT

  1. This Akinjide man should just shut his dirty mouth up as Nigeria of today has moved away from Nigeria of his era. Even though I was not born while he was politically active, all I have read about him has been bad! bad!! bad!!!

    He’s a man of questionable character and Nigerians don’t actually need his opinions..he should just shut the ffuk up!