Judge APC when our man­date ex­pires — Oko­rocha

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - From Is­mail Ade­bayo, Birnin Kebbi

The Chair­man of Pro­gres­sives Gov­er­nors Fo­rum (PGF), Chief Rochas Oko­rocha, has asked Nige­ri­ans to have faith in the APC led ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Oko­rocha vowed that lead­ers of the APC would not fail Nige­ri­ans and there­fore pleaded for more time for them to re­deem the prom­ises they made.

He stated this in his speech dur­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and PGF par­ley on Pol­icy Syn­ergy, held yes­ter­day, in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

He said the APC should not be judged by what was go­ing on in the polity, say­ing when they came to power in 2015, Nige­ria was al­ready bat­tling with an ail­ing econ­omy, in­se­cu­rity, cor­rup­tion and other chal­lenges.

The Imo State gov­er­nor said it was grat­i­fy­ing that within two years, the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari-led ad­min­is­tra­tion had san­ity in the sys­tem.

“We want to ap­peal to Nige­ri­ans not to judge us from the past sins; we have only been in the man­tle of lead­er­ship of this great coun­try for two years. You should judge us when the man­date en­trusted to us ex­pired,” he said.

He as­sured Nige­ri­ans that be­fore the ex­pi­ra­tion of their ten­ure, APC lead­ers would meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of Nige­ri­ans.

“Our party has the best gov­er­nors ever pro­duced in the his­tory of this coun­try- from Sokoto to Adamawa, Kebbi, La­gos, Imo, Zam­fara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, La­gos and oth­ers. When you visit any of our states, you will know that Nige­ri­ans did not make mis­take elect­ing us to di­rect their af­fairs,” he said.

He be­moaned ag­i­ta­tion by peo­ple from some sec­tions of the coun­try, who were call­ing for se­ces­sion.

“We are one united coun­try and re­stored some Nige­ria will al­ways re­main in­di­vis­i­ble; we don’t know who is Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo. Our de­ter­mi­na­tion is to stamp out hunger and bring demo­cratic div­i­dend to the cit­i­zens,” he said.

Ear­lier, the host gov­er­nor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, in his wel­come ad­dress, said APC gov­er­nors had a duty of en­sur­ing ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and good gover­nance.

“The en­thu­si­asm and pa­tri­o­tism of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo show that the coun­try is get­ting it right” he said.

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