Congress for Progressive Change on Sunday carpeted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, for criticising its 2011 Vice-Presidential candidate, Pastor Tunde Bakare, and another member of the party, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i.
The CPC, in a statement by his National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said Okupe would be “a liability to President Goodluck Jonathan”.
The party recalled that its two leaders called on Jonathan to resign on account of his regime’s helplessness in tackling the myriad of problems besetting the country.
It also said Okupe was appointed “in the wake of the expressed angst of the citizenry against the unconscionable show of profligacy by the regime, in ordering 200 luxury cars for the use of the visiting African first ladies.”
The CPC stated that presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, failed to calm anger against what it described as “reckless and unbudgeted expenditure”.
It said that Okupe merely lambasted Bakare and El-Rufa’i to justify his appointment.
The party said the attacks on its two leaders are “not in consonance with decent, diplomatic comportment”.
The CPC criticised Okupe for casting aspersions on Bakare’s pastoral calling in relation to his political activism.
The CPC said, “Indeed, world history is replete with examples of clergymen that used the pulpit as the pedestal for ensuring political freedom for their people. Martin Luther King, a Baptist minister, used his position to excite awakening of civil rights in America.
“The undying seed of that effort eventually paid off with a black man being the current president of the American Nation.
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an Anglican Minister, was unsparing in his scathing criticism of the Apartheid regime and was actively involved in the ethical and political sharpening of post-Apartheid South Africa!”