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Jonathan’s visit to Borno, Yobe: PDP, CPC in war of words

…It was showmanship – CPC *PDP hails president for courage

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC have exchanged sharp words on the outcome of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the northeast hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency.
While the PDP lauded the president for the visit and his determination not to withdraw the Joint Task Force, JTF from the region, the CPC on its part, flayed the president for allegedly flying over the heads of the people and coming out of the visit with no concrete achievements.

The two parties spoke in response to last week’s visit of President Jonathan to Yobe and Borno states which are at the core of the insurgency being waged by the Islamist Boko Haram group.

In the course of the visit, Dr. Jonathan vowed that he would not withdraw the JTF from Borno State despite the plea of elders from the state, an assertion that was yesterday lauded by the PDP.

President Goodluck Jonathan (C, R), standing next to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima (C, L) waves upon his arrival at Maiduguri international airport on March 7, 2013. Jonathan visits two cities in northeast Nigeria, where Islamist group Boko Haram has carried out scores of attacks, his first trip to the embattled region since taking office in 2010. AFP PHOTO
President Goodluck Jonathan  and  Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima  at the  Maiduguri international airport on March 7, 2013.  AFP PHOTO

The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said the position of the President clearly shows his forthrightness and great concern for the safety of Nigerians including those living in Borno and other troubled spots in the country.

The CPC on its part in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Engr. Rotimi Fashekin flayed the president for what it described as a flying visit forced on him earlier in the week by governors belonging to the legacy parties forming the All Progressive Congress, APC.

“Though the spin doctors at the nation’s power corridor have, in their usual inimitable deceptive style, told the nation that the guided tour had been in the plans for a long time, it is difficult to believe that the real reason was not a very infantile desire to match up the progressive governors’ tumultuous visit to Borno State in the preceding week.”

Source - Vanguard news

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