Rejoinder To @Chude: Regret Is Not An Option, But Learning Is Without Option (READ)

ne would be forgiven if on reading Chude Jideonwo’s attempt at justifying his and others’ 2015 electoral choice one thought he was saying that the sail of the ship of the Nigerian state is on a steady and smooth trajectory towards nationhood. That of course is exactly what he was saying and from the beginning of the piece, one was almost taken in – but he didn’t cut to the plot from the beginning. His frankness in emphasising the dire economic straits that Nigeria has found itself courtesy Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership is a positive which is unfortunately overshadowed by his passing the buck not only to the former government – but also through an obscure GAIN poll and the respondents whom he quotes to back his assertion. If nothing, the recently epic failure of polls in Brexit and the US elections should have taught us to subject polls and phenomenon such as the ecstatic celebration of Buhari’s return in the North and mosques to further analysis at least – but that is a task or quest for another day. All these would still not have stirred my muse – which has for some months now been engaged in efforts to balance our political history and the military incursions of it with recently present events, particularly of 2015 and from both propose a documented way out of the quagmire that our generation faces – but Chude’s last lines infuriated my muse – not me directly, as I feel able to describe he and I as somewhere above friendly acquaintances but not so much as friends. Those last lines were: “In the long term, and if we consolidate on those gains in 2019, we will be fine. We will be just fine”. Strangely, I agree we will. But not by the flippancy or the casualness of a coach whose team is taking a beating on the pitch and is sitting cold with arms folded and an occasional whisper to his assistant – even Wenger doesn’t do that anymore. Now is the time to stand and wail loudly in the ears of any who would listen – even if it is the referee’s assistant and regardless of whether the penalty would be a couple of games watched from the stands – or the insides of a cell – like Audu Maikori. The arguments Chude makes in his article are obfuscating: in describing the choices of 2015, Chude deliberately ignores a few things which I would rather first ignore and make a counter-case but there is one he ignored which cannot however be ignored. The argument has sometimes been brought up that 2015 was about “Change for Change’s sake” – to change the government and make the point that change of government was possible. Chude borrows that logic (and I use the word “borrows” deliberately here) but ignores what should have been a foreseen reality: that Goodluck Jonathan was a positive political aberration in a country where once you hold power, you do not relinquish it for any – thing or body. And I should know: my party’s vow to rule Nigeria for the next 60 years was predicated on a clear template of ‘winning’ elections by hook or crook as handed down by Obasanjo – the grandmaster of electoral manipulation himself. Under him, electoral predictions were as easy as simply writing ‘PDP’ in the winners’ slot. Predicting elections under Jonathan though was quite straightforward if you studied the political trend of the electorate in the area of contest and as a pundit, I predicted five gubernatorial elections out of five accurately – the most enjoyable of which I delivered at a programme organised by Y!Politico – one of Chude’s successful engagement platforms. There in company with Chioma Agwuegbo, Ayokunle Odekunle, Tolu Ogunlesi, Joachim Mac-Ebong and Kazeem Sanusi, I said Aregbesola would win the Osun 2014 elections with a majority of no more than 57% – as he did. I’d been on ground in Osun for a bit and unable to work with my party’s candidate, I supported a lesser known candidate. The predictability of elections under Jonathan was based on absolute democracy – whoever was popularly voted won. I was again in Edo late last year, deeply involved with Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s campaign and I can only conclude along with majority of the election observers that INEC has reverted to the days of Obasanjo. This clearly nullifies the borrowed logic that assumed the institution of free and fair elections would not depart with Goodluck Jonathan – and therefore voted him out. But that logic is even borrowed and not original to those who wanted Jonathan out. 2015 was not about Change for Change’s Sake (let’s change Jonathan so that we can henceforth change any non-performing government). It was about two things: the APC Promise of Change and the Person of GEJ. APC promised heaven on earth if voted into power in 2015 – and it was on the basis of this promise that many Nigerians voted for the party, not because they just wanted change for the sake of change but because they wanted the better life that APC promised. To dismiss their aspirations as easily as Chude does is to legitimise the transition from Promise of Change to Change of Promise that APC has become and to inadvertently (or deliberately?) deligitimise the task of those voters (and the rest of us) holding this government accountable to the promises they made: an attempt which is here rejected and must subsequently be resisted. The bigger issue of 2015 though is one that only few of my friends who supported APC/Buhari have been able to admit, which I however remember quite well and which I am waiting for them to consciously realise – 2015 was made about the person of GEJ. Akin Oyebode in a pre-election debate hosted by Rubbin’ Minds (another of Chude’s successful engagement platforms which I emphasise again to commend his contribution to youth growth) asserted powerfully (and I paraphrase as I am not sure to remember the accurate phraseology) “This 2015 election is a referendum on Goodluck Jonathan’s performance” and “Goodluck Jonathan must run on his own record”. The first statement was a deadly lie and preparing to take my turn at debating Ikem Isiekwena, I wished from my seat that Mukhtar Dan’Iyan would lose his cool at that point (as he later did on the Nigerian territory under Jonathan has reduced” lie). Deadly lies are lies that are half-true, of which the first half seemingly validates the second half. Elections are a referendum on the incumbent: true. But they are also a comparison of two choices especially where both choices have a verifiable record. Just as Jonathan was running on his own record, excuses were being made for Buhari’s record. 2015 was therefore not just about Goodluck Jonathan but about Muhammadu Buhari’s candidacy which had failed three times with various permutations until the politically dominant section of the South-West section of the country, in conjunction with youths eager to make their mark on the polity but historically misguided, propped up the Buhari misadventure, reinvented his past, put words in his mouth and brought Nigeria into a repeat of 1984. That the irony of their Change being a return to the past did not strike them is curious. 2015 was made all about Goodluck Jonathan – and this point is important so that 2019 isn’t merely about getting Buhari out, even if Abubakar Shekau is his opponent – but it was not supposed to be. it was supposed to be a comparison of Jonathan and Buhari but while everything was done to make Jonathan look bad, even indications of Buhari needing a rest during campaigns were dismissed as not being indicative of his flailing health – upon which as a patriot I now wish him good health and a long life. Politics is what it is and it is sometimes a matter of war without bloodshed – all is fair. But none should try and calim false ideals for what was clearly a matter of positional angling. Chude in doubling-down further claims “…it is useful for Buhari to retain that political capital as cover for his deputy Yemi Osinbajo to continue the good work that we have seen since the latter became acting president.” Don’t mind that this political capital evaporated long ago from many Buhari supporters and is now restricted mainly to some parts of the North. Do not mind that Osinbajo’s ‘good works’ are the customary and mediocre unifying visits an ethno-balanced President would have made since June 2015. Do mind however that this political ‘cover’ is more of an administrative burden of CBN’s strangling policy on the economy and a state security apparatus over which Osinbajo could not exercise control as it was configured deliberately by Buhari to protect his seat – that is why Babatunde Gbadamosi was arrested and detained by the DSS under Osinbajo who as then Ag. President feigned ignorance because he could do nothing. Chude’s piece in trying to recast the 2015 choices rules one option out by saying it was “…one between the certainty of failure and the possibility of success (which also came with the possibility of failure)” – after enumerating somewhat the gains under Jonathan in paragraphs 8,9,10 and 11 of his piece, and conveniently ignoring the free and fair election factor that gave life to any hope of change in the first place. Bear in mind that Buhari’s was the ONLY military regime out of EIGHT in Nigeria that had NO transition plan and outrightly banned any talk of politics or return to civil rule throughout his tenure. In ignoring this crucial aspect of what Buhari represented at the 2015 polls, Chude is guilty of the ‘revisionist history’ he alludes to. In removing a valid option that guaranteed free and fair elections, the possibility of future Change was put in jeopardy. Every election is about alternatives and when you deliberately rule one out by saying “XYZ is not an option”, you surrender the first thing that makes you human and makes democracy work – the power of free agency or the power of choice. When you do that, you may win the battle but the war is one you will keep fighting two years after the elections – by writing articles in 2017 to justify why your 2015 electoral decision was the right one and why you have no regrets. Thankfully, such doubling-down thoughts as this are sparse and scarce – and even when the mea culpa is not done publicly, the whispers are loud enough: 2015 was a right time for Change (of which there would have been more times if free and fair elections had been allowed to solidify under Jonathan) but Buhari was not Changed and was therefore never the candidate of Change, for Change or to bring Change. What played out in 2015 was a knee-jerk and short-term reaction to the system not the long-term ideals his article posits. Any long-term plan would have seen the importance of letting the system of free and fair elections establish itself first before playing games with it. Any long-term opposition plan would have worked patiently to build a broad multi-ethnic base across the entire South before gunning for federal power. Any long-term plan would have seen the shortsightedness of denying the Niger-Delta a second term in power based on understanding the ethnic configuration of power in Nigeria. I do agree with Chude though: Regret is not an option when there is work to be done. The mistakes of 2015 on all sides have been made – if there were none, we wouldn’t be discussing 2015 in 2017 with some on the defensive after the euphoria, and some of us determined to point out the lessons, after gloating. 2019 is the crucial one. In working towards that, we must not like Chude pretend that all is well and that this disaster that the APC government is turning out to be was all part of a 2015 plan. But I understand where Chude is going with these recent articles, and I wish him well always. Demola Olarewaju is a Lagos-based political analyst, creative writer, and political strategist with PDP. He tweets from @DemolaRewaju.  The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Chude Jideonwo: Why I Insist That Voting Buhari In 2015 Was The Right Choice

Chude Jideonwo, a young business leader in the Nigerian media industry, writes a series on good governance, Nigeria, politics, and how a younger generation can effect change. The OOTC series will run from February to July, 2017. You could feel the sense of panic when some of the enablers and voters (of which I am one, having personally and professionally supported him) of President Muhammadu Buhari heard that the president was returning to Nigeria last week. The question – uncomfortable, perhaps unseemly – hung in the air: why was he returning oh? The joke in the city these days, the one you no doubt have heard if you have friends and family, is that the president should take all the time he needs to have the rest he requires, so that the vice president can continue to do the work and earn the respect he inspires. Unsaid is the real calculation: Buhari retains credibility with the populace, the respect (due more to aesthetic than performance) of the local elite, the goodwill of the international elite and the political capital that comes from the sheer number of voters from the North. To this extent, it is useful for him to retain that political capital as cover for his deputy Yemi Osinbajo to continue the good work that we have seen since the latter became acting president. So his voters, now happy to beat their chest about Osinbajo, are suddenly worried that the president’s return would lead the country back to a narrative of mediocrity, and leave them vulnerable again to charges that they bear responsibility for the state of the nation. It is understandable, of course. President Buhari’s performance has been, to put it kindly, so sub-par that it is incredibly difficult for any thinking person to say that she is “proud” of this presidency. Why is this even more disappointing? There were many of the president’s supporters who were realistic enough not to hold out any hopes of magic – he after all was a vestige of a not-golden era of Nigerian leadership, at least by participation. But they expected that at the very least he would keep the ship steady, validating the transfer of power from one party to another as we continued the journey towards a more perfect union. Instead, he has unnecessarily squandered considerable local goodwill and, even worse, rolled back some of the (economic) progress made under his unimpressive predecessor. It is inexcusable that (using 2016 numbers) Gross Domestic Product has dropped to -0.4 from 2.35% when he took office, inflation grown to 13.9% from 8.7%, crude oil output dropped from 2.05 million barrels per day to 1.4 million, and external reserves declined from $29.1 billion to $27.6 billion. There is the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee revenue, which has come down from N409 billion to N299 billion, market capitalization dropping from N11.42 trillion to N8.7, and unemployment numbers climbing from 24.1% to 29.2%. Indeed you can call any local economic growth index and it is the same story: Business Confidence, Industrial Capacity Utilisation, Industrial Sector Growth, Aviation Passenger Traffic, Ease of Doing Business, Agricultural Sector Growth, Real Estate Vacancies, even bank bad loans! Fitch Ratings this year revised the outlook on Nigeria from stable, putting it at ‘B+’, noting that growth at 1.5% is well below the 2011-15 annual growth average of 4.8%, and predicted “limited economic recovery” in 2017. Then there is of course the abracadabra with the foreign exchange rate, the ultimate symbol of the government’s witlessness re global markets and steadily its equivalent of the oil subsidy scam. In addition to that are the abominable communication failures in underscoring major security gains, improvements in road infrastructure and a coherent anti-corruption narrative. Even the mismanagement of his illness storytelling has been a master-class in ineffectiveness. There is very little that one can point to with pride. So, to reclaim their narrative and justify their decision, some of these supporters have insisted that Osinbajo’s performance is testament to their smart decision to vote for the All Progressives Congress, and to trust in the combined political machineries of Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi and Atiku Abubakar. That is a credible argument. You don’t just vote a man or woman after all; you vote a system of people and promises, built, in this case, on the structure of a viable political party. It is one ticket and one presidency, and obviously I share the sense of relief as to the government finally redeeming the huge promises that it made to the Nigerian people. But it is important that we do not miss the real point Nigerians made with their votes in 2015. Whether Osinbajo is doing well or not, whether Buhari eventually goes down in history for supervising an excellent presidency or not (and we still have over two years to go), that is beside the real point – and that point is that Nigerians made the right choice in 2015. Let that point be repeated: Nigerians made the right choice in 2015. You see, it is possible to hold two different thoughts in your head in the same breath, and on this decision, these are the two thoughts: 1. President Buhari has disappointed many of his supporters. 2. But voting him – and what he represented – was still the right thing to do in 2015. It is easy to cop-out under Osinbajo’s goodwill and claim that this was the genius of the decision all along, but the intellectually honest point is a more nuanced one. That point is that, irrespective of what the good we see today, no matter how the decision we made in 2015 had turned out in the short term, the majority of Nigerian voters had no choice but to make the decision they made between Goodluck Jonathan representing the People’s Democratic Party at the federal level and Muhammadu Buhari representing the APC. Now here is the deal, and revisionist history cannot invalidate this point: Buhari was elected crucially and principally as a rejection of Jonathan. He was received and celebrated as the best and most viable option to unseat a decrepit ruling party and a feckless leadership, and our best chance to make a statement that power belongs to the people, especially the power to punish failure. The choice for many citizens was clear: one between the certainty of failure and the possibility of success (which also came with the possibility of failure). One between a man who had led for five years and failed conclusively on the big issues of corruption and security, and the other who had led for one year and whose verdict was, by the fact of truncation, inconclusive. The choice was between rewarding ineptitude and having to live with that choice for another four years, or choosing different and holding out for hope (and, please, the less said about third party options that had neither the depth of ideas nor political capacity to win even one local council, the better). Buhari represented that hope, and his victory was the best chance to at unseating the hegemony that represented the exact opposite of hope. His victory reset the balance of power on the side of the people, and put fear into the hearts of elected leaders everywhere in our nation. The Nigerian citizenry instinctively knows this, despite how unhappy it is at the moment. As a poll at the end of last year by the Governance Advancement Initiative for Nigeria (GAIN) showed, yes, Nigerians believe Jonathan handled the economy much better than Buhari, but they insist he is deeply responsible for this ultimate state of affairs. “While 60% of Nigerians held the Buhari government partially or completely responsible for the recession, 74% believe that the Jonathan government is to blame,” the report said. “While nearly similar numbers (28% for PMB vs 25% for GEJ) believed both governments were partially to blame, more respondents (49% for GEJ vs 32% for PMB) believed that the Jonathan government was completely to blame for the recession. Those who argue that the profligacy of the Jonathan government led directly to Nigeria’s budgetary and economic crisis will take these results as vindication that Nigerians agree with their point of view.” Common sense is as common sense does. Actions have consequences, sowing leads to reaping, nation building is a continuum and we, as a people, know the points at which the rain began to beat us. So in justifying their decision to vote for Buhari in 2015, Nigerians who made that difficult – or for some, excited – choice, have no need to turn to Osinbajo as a crutch. Yes, we should be thankful that the ticket that won the election is finally justifying the mandate it was given. It is possible as some people say that this is because democracy is not a sprint and it would take any government a bit of time to find its footing. It is possible that it is finally the dominance of the efficient Tinubu machinery doing the magic; it might be that the president’s light-touch, command-and-control approach to governance has finally been justified, or it might just be a coincidence of fate, luck and a little opportunity. Whatever it is that brought us here, we should be thankful, but we must not forget the larger idea: As a nation we did the right thing in 2015. We made a long-term decision to re-order the balance of power, create an equilibrium between the opposing forces holding our nation’s fate in their immediate palms, and made clear the barest minimum beyond which we will not allow our leaders to go, else they are punished. In the long term, and if we consolidate on those gains in 2019, we will be fine. We will be just fine. Chude Jideonwo is co-founder and managing partner of RED (www.redafrica.xyz), which brands including Y!/YNaija.com and governance communication firm, StateCraft Inc. Office of the Citizen (OOTC) is his latest essay series. He tweets from @Chude. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Etim, Ibokessien, Other PDP Stalwarts Shun APC

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Attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State to make a bold statement in Ikot Ekpene has hit the rocks, following the inability of the party to pull significant political heavyweights in the area into its fold.
It was gathered that despite several mouth watering offers allegedly masterminded by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere,  former commissioners, Don Etim, Etido Inyang and former two-term lawmaker, Nsikak Ekong, and Senator Emmanuel Ibokessien have held sway as leaders of over 150 thousand unrepentant PDP supporters in Ikot Ekpene area of the state.
Mr. Ekere who it is believed has virtually abandoned his primary assignment at the NDDC with eyes set on the 2019 elections, was said to have been disappointed when none of the bigwigs  he approached gave him a listening ear, despite his juicy offers. It would be recalled that recently, Mr Ekere had allegedly used the same carrots approach to lure Barr Bassey Dan Abia Jr. to APC, after promising him appointment as his legal adviser in the NDDC.
It was learnt that the PDP chieftains despite not holding any political office, rejected the baits on the premise that APC has not fared well at the national level and should bother more about rescuing the national economy from recession and improving the quality of life of Nigerians.
In a bid to satisfy the cabals who he had promised to assist in capturing Akwa Ibom at all cost, Mr. Ekere passing through his lieutenants Chief Sunny Ibanga and Mr Uyo Nathaniel, rented some young people from the area to come and denounce the PDP publicly.
However, despite the NDDC boss desperate efforts, only a few youths turned out to perform a decamping ritual which has not in any way affected the strength of PDP in the area.
Some eyewitnesses who commented on the alleged defection said it was embarrassing that Mr. Ekere was using his privileged position to embark on a wild goose chase over 2019, instead of bringing development to his people using the instrument of the NDDC.

 

Incidentally, none of the so-called defected PDP members in Ikot Ekpene was a former elected political office holder.

 

PDP members in Ikot Ekepne said “we are all in active support of PDP, our governor Udom Emmanuel and Senator Akpabio”. They thanked Governor Emmanuel for re-commencing the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene dual carriageway as well as executing and commissioning an emergency Infectious Hospital in the area.

Ovie Omo Agege, Only Labour Party Senator Defects to APC

Ovie Omo Agege, Only Labour Party Senator Defects to APC

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central on  Tuesday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is the only Senator elected on the platform the Labour Party The Senator announced his intention to leave Labour party for the ruling on the floor of the red chamber of during plenary through order 43 of the Senate […]

APC Members Were Behind Abduction Of Chibok Girls – Fani-Kayode [TWEETS]

Femi Fani-Kayode, a two-time minister and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has responded to the report by the Guardian UK alleging that former President Goodluck Jonathan rejected the help of the UK government in rescuing the abducted Chibok girls. Chief Fani-Kayode slammed the report as “childish and asinine” and went on to accuse members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the ruling party in Nigeria, of complicity in the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram. The allegation by the UK’s @guardian that @GEJonathan rejected an offer by the UK govt to rescue the Chibok girls is childish and asinine. — Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) March 6, 2017 It is true that the Chibok girls were abducted under @GEJonathan’s watch but it is also true that elements in @MBuhari’s APC were behind it. — Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) March 6, 2017 During the 2015 campaigns, the then, opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, capitalized on the emotional issues surrounding the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in their campaigns for its candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. The girls were abducted in April 2014 from their school dormitory in a Chibok village in Borno by Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram. Their abduction led to an international outcry which contributed to the bad press former President Goodluck Jonathan received leading up to the elections in which he conceded defeat to his opponent, the now ailing President Buhari. President Buhari promised to rescue the kidnapped girls, and made it one of its main campaign promises during the heated campaigns of 2015. However, only 21 of the girls have been returned to their families, through the effort of the government, while over a 150 of them remain in captivity. One of the girls wandered out of captivity with a baby before the government rescue. Though the government denies paying a ransom for the return of the girls, inside sources say money exchanged hands.

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Meeting With APC Governors Not Linked To Buhari’s Health – Oyegun

Meeting With APC  Governors Not  Linked To Buhari’s Health – Oyegun

By Abdullahi Mohammed National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun has said that President Muhammadu Buhari left a structure that is functioning very effectively in the Nations Governance. He made this known on Thursday in Abuja during a  meeting of APC governors with the National Working committee of the ruling […]

APC Holds Meeting With Governors In Abuja

APC Holds Meeting With Governors In Abuja

The National Working Committee (NWC) of our great Party, the All Progressives congress (APC) led by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Thursday met with governors elected on the platform of the APC. The National Chairman reviewed the state of the Party, x-raying the challenges facing the APC in relations to funding and financing. […]

Gombe: APC, Others Vow To Reject Outcome Of LG Poll

Gombe: APC, Others   Vow To Reject  Outcome Of  LG Poll

By Abdullahi Mohammed Prominent opposition political parties in Gombe state, led by the All Progressives Congress (APC), said it will reject whatever is the outcome of Saturday’s Local Government election in the state because of what they called the mess of the exercise. A statement signed by APC Caretaker committee chairman Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, […]

Osinbajo Shows ‘Dependability And Stability Of Presidency Under APC’ –North-West Vice Chairman’s Speech

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BEING OPENING REMARKS BY INUWA ABDUL-KADIR, ESQ. (MAGATAKARDA BABBA), NATIONAL VICE-CHAIRMAN (NORTH WEST), ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS, APC, AT THE LEADERSHIP AND STAKEHOLDERS CONSULTATIVE MEETING WITH THE ZONAL LEADERSHIP HELD ON SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY, 2017 AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, GUSAU, ZAMFARA STATE.

 

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I welcome you all to this stakeholders and party leaders meeting for the Zamfara State Chapter of our great party. As you are all aware, this meeting is the latest in the series of strategic engagements initiated by the North West Zonal Leadership of the party to interact with state chapters in the zone for the purpose of maintaining close and regular contact with stakeholders and party leaders. This is necessary for the general membership and the leaders of the party in the state to be adequately informed and sensitized on issues and developments of interest or concern pertaining to the progress of the APC at state, zonal and national levels of the party.

 

At the same time, the Zonal leadership of the party is able to rub minds with state counterparts on matters arising and benefit from the feedback input which is best accessed first hand and on ground. It is encouraging to report that the outcome of previous meetings in other states in the zone have yielded the desired info-data and valuable insights on the performance, challenges and strategic options for consideration and necessary action by the Zonal Leadership.

 

The common goal at all levels of the party hierarchy remains the continued success and progress of the APC in consolidating on the historic gains of the 2015 democratic overthrow of the incompetent incumbent PDP maladministration of the country. As a newly-elected progressive party that earned the overwhelming support of the majority of Nigerian voters by being the best alternative to almost two decades of unpopular and parasitic government, the APC was shouldered with the arduous national assignment of halting the rot and instituting radical change of entrenched bad habits to salvage the country from imminent failure and collapse. It was a double-edged tough job that confronted APC as the change agent and also challenged the entrenched bad attitudes and bad governance notoriously resistant to corrective measures. Our experience in the last twenty months is a painful pointer to the reality of resistance to necessary change also known as “Nigerian Factor” but the performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC Federal Government has been a powerful proof of the potency of focused and fearless corrective treatment. On all the main thrusts of the APC Change Agenda-decimating the Boko Haram insurgency, criminalizing and curbing big time corruption and managing a ravaged economy- there is no denying a distinct breakthrough and positive change.

While the APC-led Federal Government of Nigeria continues to wage wars against bad governance on all fronts, rank and file of the APC at all levels must provide the required solidarity and robust political back up to strengthen the resolve and ensure greater successes in line with the APC Change Agenda for national rebirth. This is what propels the vigorous programme of contact, interaction and strategizing embarked upon by the North West Zonal Headquarters of the APC now in Zamfara State after covering Jigawa and Katsina States recently. Our membership and structures need to be revitalized and refocused to give the required solid support and expand the unrivalled support base of the party at the grassroots so that there will be “no shaking” for the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration as it grapples with the daunting challenges of instituting change amid reactionary resistance.

This is an appropriate moment to recognize and highlight the exemplary and effective manner that His Excellency Vice President Osinbajo has smoothly and successfully stepped in to maintain the tempo and direction of governance as Acting President in the unavoidable absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Acting President has marshaled the team spirit and high morale of the Presidency and the Federal Executive Council to ensure that the machinery of government remains geared towards delivering good governance in the national interest. This is an attestation not only to the competence and capacity of the Vice President to provide needed leadership but also a demonstration of the dependability and stability of the Presidency under APC. There is no doubt that the performance of the Acting President must have given President Buhari additional peace of mind while on leave.

On behalf of the North West Zonal Leadership of the APC, I hereby commend the Acting President for taking up the national assignment with impressive maturity, statesmanship and conviction to the satisfaction of all Nigerians. This is precisely the role every member of the APC, leader and supporter at all levels of the party should be playing as needful contribution to the success and progress of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and ultimately the restoration of sanity and good governance in Nigeria.

 

The attainment of the noble cause of President Buhari through the vibrant party machinery of the APC can never be secondary to the private political or clique agenda issues that unfortunately divide and destabilize our great party in some states. The APC is a mass movement with an established and well defined manifesto/ideology, constitution and structures for meeting the aspirations and delivering dividends to the vast majority of members and Nigerian citizens who voted it into power. There is no room for personality posturing to pursue ambitious agenda that conflicts with or competes against the overall party interest. On the other hand, unalloyed loyalty to the party and expressed support of the stakeholders and majority party membership is the only due process for realizing any genuine ambition flying the APC flag. Always demonstrate loyalty and commitment to the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and the APC leadership at all level and steer clear of cliques and cabals of politicians who place their ambitions above party interest.

Let us therefore put the party interest above any other objective so that the APC can wax stronger and build upon rather than erode the phenomenal landslide election support base it won in 2015 and still retains. Leaders and members should devote more energy to promoting the party and expanding its popular mandate by projecting its remarkable achievements that are manifesting steadily despite resistance of enemies of national progress. People need to be enlightened on the reality that change can only be gradual when dealing with entrenched habitual bad governance, corruption that fights back and adverse external economic factors.

Meanwhile, feel free and obliged to participate fully in the interactive sessions that will take place during this meeting and contribute meaningfully to the quest for a stronger, more popular and dynamic APC in the state.

I wish to place on record and express appreciation to the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, His Excellency Abdulaziz Yari for his significant support for this meeting as well as the Zamfara State Chairman and Executives of the APC for their efforts in seeing to the success of this initiative of the North West Zonal Leadership.

North- West APC Hails Osinbajo’s ‘Effective’ Leadership In Buhari’s Absence

North- West APC  Hails Osinbajo’s ‘Effective’ Leadership In Buhari’s Absence

By Danlami Nmodu The  North West zonal leadership of Nigeria’s  ruling All Progressives Congress, APC  has hailed the  “exemplary and effective”  leadership provided by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking in his opening remarks during the North West APC leadership meeting ,Saturday in Gusau, Mallam Inuwa Abdulkadir (Magatakarda Babba), National […]

APC Prays For PDP To Put Its ‘House In Order Soon’

APC Prays For PDP To Put Its ‘House In Order Soon’

The All Progressives Congress,APC has said it has no interest in the crisis consuming opposition Peoples Democratic Party.The party said it was also praying for PDP to put its house in order soon. Reacting to a series of allegations by PDP,  the National Publicity Secretary of APC,Bolaji  Abdullahi Said “We wish to reiterate that the […]

2019: Goje Denies Plot To Impose Candidate As APC Inaugurates Gombe Committee

2019: Goje Denies Plot To Impose Candidate As APC Inaugurates Gombe Committee

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated reasons why the Gombe State Caretaker Working Committee was reconstituted. The Party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu on Monday evening while inaugurating the newly constituted four-member caretaker committee, cited “irreconcilable differences” among members of the previous Caretaker Working Committee. Sen. Shuaibu said: […]