The All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to go to court if he believes comments made by the Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande are libellous.

The party?s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued Monday, said Chief Akande merely told the truth by his characterization of the Jonathan presidency.

Insisting that truth is enough defence to any libel case, the party also said there was nothing strange or wrong in criticizing a democratically-elected President, on the grounds that ?he is neither an Imperial President, a Monarchy nor an Emperor?.

The APC was reacting to a statement credited to the President?s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, which had warned Akande  to stop denigrating the Office of the President by using uncomplimentary words to criticise Jonathan.
The statement further warned Akande and his ?fellow-travellers to remember that there are laws against libel and defamation of character in this country, even if there are no legal impediments to indecorous, hypocritical and unpatriotic vituperations”.

However, APC on Monday fired back saying nothing confirmed Chief Akande’s assertion that Jonathan is running a cr?che presidency than the unsophisticated manner it (presidency) responded to the frank but constructive criticism by the APC National Chairman.

”In the true character of this presidency, its increasingly irreverent and undignified spokesman failed to respond to the  issues raised by Chief Akande, and instead chose to haul abuses at a man who is old enough to be his father. Such irresponsible act does no credit to the spokesman or the president he is serving, and Nigerians will definitely not forget such crudity in a hurry.

”Where is the presidency’s response to Chief Akande’s assertion that he has written two letters to the President over the serious challenges facing the country, without getting a response? Where is the presidency’s response to Chief  Akande’s assertion that President Jonathan is witch-hunting political opponents? These are the issues that Nigerians are interested in, not how many hours the President sleeps at night because he is supposedly working tirelessly.

”In any case, if indeed this President is working tirelessly, we need to ask who he is working for, because Nigerians have yet to feel the impact of his administration. They are also not interested in the fact that the President once served as a deputy governor, governor and Vice President, because the experiences he supposedly garnered from doing so have not impacted positively on his duty as President. That’s not a surprise, considering that the President owes his meteoric rise in politics to luck and destiny. Nothing else!” the party said

The party also slammed the presidency’s claim of a feud between its leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, insisting ?the PDP and the presidency have been peddling lies over a phantom feud because they could not fathom how the leadership of the APC could put national interest above personal considerations.?


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