APC: We Shall Not Let Nigeria Down
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday, said it would not disappoint Nigeria and her citizens irrespective of status and ethnicity contrary to the reports of some pessimists, who dashed the hope of Nigerians in the last 16 years.
The party, therefore, assured that it would keep faith with all promises it had made “to guarantee security of lives and properties; transform Nigerian domestic economy and ensure robust political stability in all party of the country.
The party’s National Vice-Chairman in charge of South-west, Chief Pius Akinyelure gave the assurance in a statement he issued in Lagos yesterday, urging Nigerians not to listen to some people that were saying the APC “has nothing to offer.”
Akinyelure, who was appointed to serve on the APC Inauguration Committee, faulted reports that South-west “will not benefit from the Buhari administration and that the party has nothing to offer Nigeria contrary to all the promises the party made in its manifesto. The reports are mere products of ethnic sentiment.”
Unlike the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre, he said the APC government “will add value to all Nigerians irrespective of their geo-political zones, political parties and religious inclination. Like other zones, the people of South West will not be left out in the gains of positive change the APC will bring about.”
He explained that before it won the just concluded presidential election, the APC had governed five states in South West and one in South-south with proof of outstanding performance, citing successive administrations in Lagos State, from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his successor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, as standard bearer.
Akinyelure said: “In Lagos, for instance, we are living witnesses to massive infrastructure development, urban renewal and slum upgrade that the Fashola administration has embarked on and aggressively pursed. The outcome has not only drawn attention of other states to Nigeria. It has also attracted global attention.
“As a matter of fact, Lagos is not just a standard bearer to Edo, Ogun, Osun and Oyo States when the APC governors took over the reign of power in 2011. It is equally a standard bearer to the PDP states, which the party’s national leaders including President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Sen. David Mark acknowledged.”
He, therefore, said under the leadership of the President-elect, the APC would definitely replicate the good works it had done in the states it controlled at the federal level, assuring that the party “is committed to the welfare and wellbeing of all Nigerians. We are committed to rehabilitating Nigeria’s dilapidated social fabrics.”
He added that the APC “is committed to rebuilding national consciousness in every citizen of Nigeria with a view to promoting social harmony and political stability. We are committed to reforming education sector and enhancing the country’s human capital for strategic national development. We are committed to devolving more power to federating units in order to promote the principle equity and fairness in our federal system.
“There is no way the people of South West will not benefit from the APC government. In fact, we are confident that the South-west will have fair deal under the administration of the President-elect.
"But we need more support from all Nigerians than what they gave use at the polls. We, therefore, appeal to our brothers and sisters to be patient with us. We will not let Nigeria down. Rather we shall keep faith with all promises we have made.”