Atiku Accuses Jonathan Of RunningGovernment That Favours Only HisCronies

Former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of
running a government of ‘clientelism’,
benefiting only his cronies.
Atiku spoke through the Director-General,
Atiku Campaign Organisation, Prof. Babalola
Borishade at a press conference held at
Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library,
Abeokuta, ahead of a two-day Atiku
Abubakar policy review summit.
“Clientelism refers to the awarding of
personal favours among patrimonial cronies.
These favours take the form of public sector
jobs, appointments, distribution of resources
through licences, contracts and tax wavers,”
he said.
“Corruption, nepotism and official impunity
have brought our country down to the
bottom 3 per cent in the world in terms of
political stability.
“In essence, what we have now in Nigeria is
a form of patrimonial democracy. This is
posing serious threats to the durability of
democracy.
“Not only because it erodes civil liberties of
citizens, thus creating a culture of political
apathy and disenchantment among them, it
also severely limits the extent to which
Government can be pressed to be responsive
and accountable towards the citizens.
“Thus, for both of those who are inside and
outside the network, the future is bleak,” he
said.
Atiku who is seeking to win the presidential
ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
for the 2015 presidential election, is seen as
a threat to Former Head of State
Muhammadu Buhari’s ambition by elements
within the party, who are said to be working
towards choosing Buhari as a consensus
candidate in order to bypass party primaries,
which Atiku seem sure to win.
The former president said Nigerians need
democracy of substance that would respond
to their socio-economic demands, something
he said he was set to offer, saying that was
the aim of the policy review by resource
persons.

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