- Osita Okechukwu asked Goodluck Jonathan to retire quietly
- The VON director said the former president did not achieve a single thing
- He said some of the contracts he awarded were not fulfilled
The All Progressives Congress (APC), has lashed out at former president, Goodluck Jonathan, asking him to retire quietly or they will be forced to expose him.
The Nation reports that Ostia Okechukwu who is the director of the Voice of Nigeria spoke in reaction to Jonathan’s accusation that the APC won using propaganda and deceit and that the party has failed to achieve anything.
Okechukwu challenged Jonathan to mention any project he was able to complete while he was in power for six years.
He said the former administration witnessed huge siphoning of the country’s fund while leaving behind serious infrastructural decay.
He said: “Mr President was very clear that the man left almost an empty treasury, consequent unpinned which we have a huge infrastructure deficit.
“The world knows that almost all infrastructure that Jonathan inherited went bad. We are challenging him to show us one project he completed.
“Is it the Green Field refineries. He told us on May 13, 2010, that he is going to build three greenfield refineries at $23 billion. The contract was awarded to the Chinese under Public Private Partnership. One was to be located in Bayelsa, one in Lagos and the other in Kogi state.
“We challenge him to show us the three greenfield refineries or tell us where the money he voted for the project is. I am talking at a time when our Excess Crude Account was in the excess of short $17 billion. The Chinese came back and told him they were going to contribute about 80 percent of the three greenfield refineries. We have not seen any of them.
“If we had seen the three greenfield refineries which he publicly announced, the billions we lost in the importation of refined petroleum products and the gross unemployment engendered by the looting of that fund would have been avoided and that is what we are talking about.
“Before and during his regime, there was money voted for the cleaning of Ogoni environment that was degraded by oil spill. It is The Buhari regime that started that project now. Did Jonathan do anything there, did he complete the East/West road? That is a road that covers the nerve Centre of the Niger Delta where he comes from.
“If there is any project that he promised to implement that he has done, he should tell us. Don’t forget that the average price then was about $100 per barrel. I don’t see how he can be calling for a public debate because I am talking of just one region.
“Even the development he did in the Nigerian Airports, is it commensurate with the amount of money voted or the amount of money borrowed? He said he did this or that. Is it commensurate with the amount of money voted?
“If I am in his shoes, I should retire back to the village or any city of my choice and keep my cool because if he talks of a debate, we will bring out what happened during his time.
“The fact that his wife was coming to claim $15 million saying it was out of her handwork borne out of being the First Lady and a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa state. Is it that other Nigerians are not working hard to be worth $15 million. So, let us not go into Jonathan ‘s matter.
“We are not talking of Dizeani who was Minister of Petroleum under his government who failed to do anything to develop the Niger Delta, rather resorted to an illegal accumulation of wealth. I have great respect for him as a former President and being gracious enough to accept his defeat. But if he wants to open the vault, then we can go back and open the pandora box for him. So, let us leave it at that.”
Meanwhile, The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said the main difference between President Muhammadu Buhari and Jonathan, is trust.
Adesina made the statement on Friday, October 20, in response to Jonathan’s comments on the fuel price hike by the Buhari regime.
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