Goodluck Ebele Jonathan took a swipe at the presidential candidate of the APC, Buhari, on thursday, calling on all young Nigerians to know the truth about Buhari’s government over two decades ago.
According to Premium Times report, Goodluck Jonathan who spoke to party supporters at the flag off of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, campaign in Lagos, said Nigerians must choose between a vote being relevant or be treated as a “nonsense person”.
“They said they will fight insecurity. When he (General Buhari) was Head of State, did he buy one rifle for the Nigerian soldiers?
“Ask them what they did with the defence budget,” Goodluck Jonathan said.
Talking about corruption, Goodluck Jonathan said the best way to tackle corruption is to strengthen public institutions, adding that his strategy for combating the menace is not by indiscriminate arrest and jail of people.
Jonathan said he stands by due process as any country that does not respect due process is a jungle. Reacting to report that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta,MEND, had pledged
their support for the opposition party, All Progressive Congress, Jonathan
laughed it off.
He (Jonathan) said: “Orkar, the leader of MEND, is in South African prison because he was procured by
some Nigerians to assassinate me.
“The man who is in South African prison for killing Nigerians is endorsing some people .”
Goodluck Jonathan however, seized the opportunity by apologizing to federal civil servants for the delay in their
December salary, attributing it to the IPPIS system which, he said, shut down after officials attempted to divert some of the salaries.
In his opening remarks, Ahmadu Ali, the Director of the Jonathan-Sambo Campaign Organisation, had said that the PDP, unlike the APC, belongs to all Nigerians. The presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on December 6 2014, commenced his campaign in Port Harcourt, Rivers
State. He was reportedly welcomed by a huge crowd today in Bayelsa state as he continues his presidential rally across the country.