A Chieftain of the Yoruba Socio- Political Group, Afenifere, Olu Falae has said individuals close to the seat of power want former President Goodluck Jonathan to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari so power can return to the north quickly.
Speaking in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said Jonathan is only valuable to these individuals because he can’t do more than four years.
He slammed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for wanting Jonathan to return to Aso Rock after describing him with unprintable names in the run-up to the 2015 election.
Falae said: “They don’t want the presidency to be in the South for more than four years. They want it quickly back in the North. So they want to use Goodluck to achieve that objective against his own people.
“They don’t care what he does if he goes back and he is a bigger “thief” this time, if he is more “incompetent” this time, it does not bother them as long as they get power quickly back. Are we on the same plane? Do we have the same objective?
“They will sacrifice anything Nigeria as long as they get what they want. So this is where we are, and that’s why we need a political party not what I call opportunistic gang up for power. That’s what PDP is; that’s what APC is – opportunistic gang up for power, not parties.”
According to the former presidential aspirant, APC is like the army that forcefully assumes power and also seize control of apparatus of power at the national and state levels including the nation’s treasury and the state governments among others.
“Look at the run off to the party primaries. It’s like war at all levels. That is because the objective of the aspirants is personal, financial. It’s not how to get Nigeria out of the crisis, unemployment into prosperity. That’s not why they are fighting,” he said.
“They are fighting because they want to be the ones to grab the national treasury. That’s what it’s all about.
“So, without restructuring, we are wasting our time because the English man was not a fool when he gave us a true federal constitution.
” It is within the ambit of a true federal constitution that 448 different ethnic nationalities can co-exist with reasonable amity and peace.
“But this quasi-unitary constitution which is what some people want to hang on because it suits them is a faulty arrangement.”