Jonathan has failed Nigeria – opposition

2015-03-24 15:02
Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AP)

Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AP)

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Cape Town – President Goodluck Jonathan is "tired and overwhelmed" by the governance of Nigeria, opposition All Progressive Congress says, as the country gears up for elections this coming weekend.

President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking a second term in office but faces a strong challenge from the main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler.

According to the Today Internet Newspaper, APC's vice presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo, said Jonathan's party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had failed the country's economy through "pervasive corruption" in the last 16 years.

He said PDP had led the country into becoming the most corrupt in the world.

This comes as another opposition party, the Labour Party, castigated Buhari, saying he would encourage coup plots in Africa if elected the country’s next leader.

Buhari seizing power in a coup in 1983. He is criticised for throwing his critics - at the time - in jail. He is also said to have kidnapped his enemies off the streets of London, and ordered soldiers to whip Nigerians who did not queue in orderly fashion at bus stops.

Meanwhile, the United Nations and the White House have urged a process that is free transparent and credible after the election was delayed by six week.

According to SABC, the UN said it will be closely monitoring developments in the country while President Barack Obama, in a video message, urged Nigerians to strengthen their democracy by casting their ballots in a peaceful manner.

Read more on:    apc  |  pdp  |  goodluck jonathan  |  muhammadu buhari  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  nigeria elections 2015

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