2011: Jonathan, IBB supporters in verbal warfare

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—SUPPORTERS of President Goodluck Jonathan for 2011 presidency in Edo State and those of former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday, traded words over claim that IBB was more experienced to lead the nation than President Jonathan.

It will be recalled that former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Albert Legogie, had Monday, declared that IBB would be the best candidate of the party in the forthcoming 2011 presidential election due to his experience and numerous achievements while he was Military Head of State of the country.
But reacting yesterday in an interview with Vanguard in Benin City, the immediate past Deputy Governor of the state and Coordinator of the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign in Edo State, Chief Lucky Imasuen, described the claim as untrue and laughable.

He said: “I have read some of these comments in the papers but they beat my imagination. How can you say that a man who was a teacher, Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and now President of the country is not experienced? What more experience do you want? All this talk about inexperience is rubbish.

I read Senator Legogie said about the achievements of IBB when they met in Benin recently.

“They are supporters of IBB and have the right to do so, but Nigerians are very civilized now. IBB is a great man and he was Head of State of this nation for eight years, but the question is, what else does he want to achieve for the nation? I read Legogie saying that IBB helped in laying foundation for the nation’s democracy but I remember that this same man single-handedly annulled the freest and fairest election in this country.

When you compare President Jonathan and IBB, they are both gentlemen but look at the achievements of Jonathan so far, you will agree with me that for the first time in about 20 years, the power supply in this country has improved. Look at the Niger Delta, there is peace now. That is Jonathan’s handwork.” He added, “You will also notice that all the federal roads are now receiving attention just less than one year."

A man who has been in a position for one year has achieved a lot and if you want to compare Jonathan’s achievement in the past one year and that of IBB’s eight years, you will see that the difference is clear. Even if people should support their candidate, we must not learn to run away from the facts for posterity sake”.

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Comment by obi amaefule on September 6, 2010 at 11:47am
non of these individuals have come out with a policy thrust, to convince voters.
there should be debates, discussions by the contestants, let the people see who has the most ideal policy and ideas, let the voter be the judge on who is the most ideal candidate even though some of them dnt have the moral right to contest.
Comment by Kingsley Ogheneare Vwavwahor on September 3, 2010 at 1:09pm
It is a pity that youth who should be more objective are the same people supporting evil deeds becos of tribal sentiment and monetary gains. In advance countries people like IBB will be in jail, admitting to a crime is enough evidence. He has the sole control of money that goes in and out of Nigeria unlike Jonathan, yet for good 8yrs he wasted the country's resources. Which salary built him the mansion he presently leaves in or his numerous company which majority are outside the shores of the country. The will of God will prevail come 2011 by His grace. Amen.
Comment by uche onuh l. on September 3, 2010 at 12:28pm
as the previous commentators hv stated, IBB is always associated with june 12, dele giwa and d virtual $12.8b.
i hv always said that kayode soyinka who was with dele, and yet unhurt by the bomb should tell nigerians all that he knows abt it, nt IBB. d june 12 saga has been graciously explained by IBB and apologised to nigerians even though it was a collective effort, most orchestrated by prominent yorubas who vowed that mko abiola will never get his mandate. there is no way in d okigbo report where IBB was indicted. IBB's critics should focus on issues and nt drag nigerians many light years behind. so, the only achievements of GEJ in the past year is the so called regular power supply. I beg to differ. pls it was under the regime of IBB that the following was done: the 3rd mainland bridge was built, devo of abuja, built the itakpe iron coy and ajaokuta steel complex and built a railway link b/w them. expanded the kaduna refinery LAB plant that produces 3000mt of LAB/yr, 15000mt/yr of benzene, 30000mt of kero solvent/yr.
Comment by monday peter on September 3, 2010 at 12:08pm
why cant people just be sincere and truthful for once. i wonder why people should support IBB,after all what he has done to this country in the past. how do we expect growth when the people cover up evil deeds because they are looking for favour from these rulers.the moment we nigerians start telling the truth and standing up for our rights,this country will change for good.president Jonathan is the best man for the job.IBB should go to jail,thats were he belong.
Comment by Ahmed, Mohammed on September 3, 2010 at 11:30am
What l see killing the growth of this nation is sentiment. our leaders are less truthful & sincere. they take advantage of situstions without recourse to morality & rule of law. zoning stays. jonathan shd seek his aspiration in other parties if he is popular enough & doesnt want to rely on the pdp manioulation. IBB has only stated tge ibvious. his govt must have purportedly anulled june 12, kill dele giwa & embezzle 12.4 billion dollars oil wind fall as widely claimed but, can you downplay his developmental stride all over the country even as a military man? nigerians think. IBB is still the man. Southwest wake up. after IBB its yiur turn from 2015.
Comment by Mbah Chris Ekene on September 3, 2010 at 8:52am
Why is that people don’t always have anything to attribute to IBB apart from annulling the June 12, 1993 election, Dele Giwa murder and so many others? Why can’t we be a bit more realistic and interrogate and appraise more critically the IBB tenure as military head of state in Nigeria. IBB might have annulled the June 12 1993 election in Nigeria, but he is not alone in that saga. In history, we know that the worst happens to those leaders who don’t know when to retreat; when to take decisions that might offend millions. In spite of everything, he has accepted responsibility for the annulment of June 12 election. Let forgive him now and do more by writing or talking about his wonderful programmes and achievements which no administration after him has surpassed.

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