The APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) on Monday advised President Goodluck Jonathan to quit the presidential race having admitted that he underestimated the Boko Haram insurgency.
In a statement, APC said it has information from credible sources that a fake Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect might become a tool by the Jonathan administration to blackmail members of the opposition, especially Buhari.
APC alleged that the purported Abubakar Shekau would be coached to say he was working for the opposition party candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in order to link its presidential candidate to terrorism as it had attempted but failed in the past.
Signed by Shehu Garba, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APCOPC, the party wondered where the ‘new Shekau’ will come from after government at several times in the past, announced that they had killed the insurgent leader.
“The charge to the military, that they should catch Shekau alive by the President in the last 24 hours lends credence to the report that indeed a fake Shekau is about being created.
“It is both contradictory to the ideology he preaches and the psychological profile that the world has of him that Shekau would allow himself to be caught alive,” the statement asserted.
The APCPCO recalled that the attack back in Kaduna on the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari was seen and believed by most Nigerians that it was perpetrated by the Boko Haram.
“The police that is constitutionally empowered to investigate and report on such incidents has not contradicted the widespread belief that this was a Boko Haram attack.
”The view of the APC is that it does not make sense for General Muhammadu Buhari to be in league with, or be associated in any way with people who have set out to kill him.”
APCPCO called on government to listen to the various counsel from international bodies and lately by our religious leaders that campaign must be about issues and not maligning people.
“Unfounded allegations linking the opposition to insurgency amounts to leaving the issues to pursue personal attacks as warned against, barely 24 hours ago by leaders of the Catholic Community in the country, through ArchBishop John Onaiyekan”.
The APC presidential campaign said it was no less shocked, as other Nigerians by the President’s admission in a weekend newspaper interview that he had underestimated the Boko Haram challenge, arguing that any leader in that circumstance should not consider himself fit to seek re-election.
Quoting President Jonathan’s recent confession that he underestimated Boko Haram, the APC presidential campaign said the admission was a direct evidence that the PDP President had nothing to offer and must bow to the wind of change.
APC stated that President Jonathan was out of touch with the realities of the lethal challenges posed by global terrorism, including Boko Haram, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda global terror network.
APC said for the President to have underestimated terrorism means that he doesn’t take any national challenge seriously, including health, poverty, unemployment, power, education, infrastructure and other issues.
The APC presidential campaign added that with his admission, President Jonathan had passed a vote of no confidence on himself and his government.
The statement added, however, that APC presidential campaign was not surprised by the self-confessed failure by the PDP President, explaining that his confession underlined the imperative for change.
APC added that with a President admitting his incompetence of a mortal challenge to the security of Nigerians, he had no business seeking re-election or looking for excuses to delay the polls.