The All Progressives Congress has reacted to a statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday when he reportedly said that he expected him and his ministers to face persecution after May 29, as a result of some “hard decisions” they tok while in office.
The party said the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration will not persecute anyone.
In a statement in Abuja on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC said, however, that those who had “played poker with the nation’s destiny” must be willing and eager to clear their conscience before man and God.
”That the President-elect is a man of integrity is not an issue for debate, and he has made it clear that he will not be bogged down by endless probes.
”However, the hands of the incoming government will not be tied by those who have chosen to play the victim and exhibit a persecution mentality. Whoever has any reason to be afraid must lay bare such reason before Nigerians,” the party said.
It said under the climate of change that Nigerians had ushered in with their votes, only the guilty needs to be afraid, and those with a guilty conscience, on account of their actions in the public sphere, must clear such so they can be at peace with themselves.
”The last time we checked, this does not fit the definition of persecution,” APC said.
The party wondered why the President chose a public forum to express his fears when he could have done so privately during his meetings with the President-elect.
”Since the presidential election was won and lost, the President and the President-elect have met privately a number of times. Why didn’t President Jonathan express his apprehensions during these meetings?
”Even if the two have not met, the President could have reached out to the President-elect over any fears that he may be nursing, instead of engaging in an action that seems like he was being preemptive and seeking to curry public sympathy,” it said
APC insisted that the priority of the incoming government would be the welfare and security of the long-suffering people of Nigeria, and enjoined all citizens to support the administration in charting a new path for the country – away from the “rapaciousness and impunity of the past years.”