The newly-inaugurated State Chairmen of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC have been charged to work on the re-election of the Party, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 General Election.
The APC National Chairman, Mr. John Oyegun gave the charge when he swore in the state chairmen into office at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
Mr. Oyegun also urged the chairmen to promote compromise among party stakeholders on the state.
“On your (State Chairmen) laps lies the onerous responsibility of returning this party to office for a second term. On your laps to a great extent also lie the return of our dear president to office so that the Change agenda will have time to settle down to mature and become second nature to the people of our dear nation.”
“There is serious and immediate need for reconciliation. You have seen states like Oyo, Cross River, Delta, Taraba and even Lagos State. Don’t go back and say we have won. This is not a winner takes all situation. Political parties are not organised in that way. I have set up a team headed by the Party’s Deputy National Chairman (North) and he may have cause to invite some of the states in the next few days.”
“It is something that must be done, and if possible, tidied up way before the National Convention. So that we will have as rancour-free a convention as is possible for any political party. Let me emphasis once more, there is need for reconciliation, give and take, compromise and I hope those sitting here will have the courage and expanse of spirit to embrace those we may think have technically lost out but are still important party members.” he said.
Oyegun also urged the new state chairmen to stay informed on the achievements of President Buhari administration in-spite of the challenges the administration is facing.
“I know and I am aware of the extent of conflict within the party. We are all aware of the disaffection within the party caused to some extent by the reward system. We are also aware nationally of the disaffection out there among the people.”
“These are to be expected, when we fought the battle, we had one target and we were representing the people of this nation who had decided they have had enough of that government. Now the narrative is different.”
“We are up there, and we have become the target. So our approach will now be very different and you must now thoroughly ground yourselves on the achievements of this administration. And I want to tell you from the bottom of my heart that great achievements have been recorded.”
“Yes we have issues today, yes we have problems today, yes in developmental terms, you cannot perform magic, but the certain assurance is that your government is on the right course. The certain assurance is that the firm foundation has been laid for a country that will now begin to grow and it can only accelerate.”
“Inspite of lean resources, your government has been able to achieve much more in three years than any of its predecessors. That is something you can talk about and defend with actual achievements. What is important is the basic foundation of this nation which was totally destroyed by the past administration.” He said.
Mr. Oyegun expressed gladness over the mix of old and new members, of which he described as a “second generation of a maturing APC, the new one will have the benefit of learning from the old and returning state executives,” Oyegun said.