The APC had on Wednesday in Abuja unfolded a seven-point cardinal programme which included a holistic approach to tackling corruption, food security, integrated transport network, free education, devolution of power, accelerated economic growth and affordable health care.
But the presidency in its response on Friday, faulted the opposition party’s approach to security matters saying only an unserious political party would place security as number 27 on its manifesto.
Special Adviser to the president on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, who made the presidency’s position known, expressed sadness that opposition party leaders who were known for their dictatorship, could turn around to say that President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party were not doing well.
“You can see that they (APC chiefs) are quarrelling over manifesto. It is still inconclusive.
“That so-called manifesto can’t take Nigerians to the next level of development.
“Which serious party will put security on number 27 on its manifesto?
“They are saying the President and the PDP are not doing well and yet they are not talking about the railway that has started working again; they are not talking about the Almajiri schools that are enrolling many pupils; and they are not talking about the security challenge that the government is tackling headlong.
“It is so sad that opposition leaders don’t think? Who are their leaders? Is it (Bola) Tinubu, who replaced a cerebral person like Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora in the Senate with his wife and appointed his daughter, who is not a trader as Iyaloja of Lagos?
“Nigerians are not fools, they can’t entrust their lives in the hands of people like that. They (the APC leaders) have yet to start,” Gulak said.