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APC National Working Committee seeks more dividends of democracy

The National Working Committee of Nigeria’s governing party, All Progressives Congress APC says a renewed mandate for President Muhammadu Buhari is a call to duty, that afforded the APC an opportunity to do more for citizens of the country.

National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole made the remark on Wednesday, at the end of a meeting between the President, his Deputy and the National Working Committee at the Presidential Villa., Abuja.

He said both the executive and legislative arms of government have expressed the desire to work hard for the country.

We came to congratulate the President for securing a second term of office. It was an exclusive meeting between members of the National Working Committee and the President as well as the Vice President and also to remind ourselves that this is a renewed mandate and a call to duty because there is a lot to be done, to deliver to the people of Nigeria. The party, the executive, the National Assembly all of us working together sharing ideas, we are much more likely to make faster progress and those are the sort of things we discussed, he said.

Oshiomhole said the National Working committee also informed the President of its plan to build an institute for progressive studies.

We also assured the President of our commitment to build institute for progressive studies because, the people of Nigeria belong to various political parties, they don’t even understand the ideology of that party if they have any, some are not even familiar with the manifestos and they don’t have conversations about how appropriate or inappropriate those manifestos are.

You will find that people holding very high position on government both legislative and executive and even so party leaders may not even be aware of what we stand for. And so, we told the President we are going to build institute for progressive studies so that people understand what defines us, what is the essence of progressive politics, basically is about social democracy. So, our party must be seen to be pro-poor, putting policies in place that will lift our people out of poverty and recreate the Nigeria middle class. Unless you recreate the Nigeria middle class, you are not going to have a stable and a peaceful society.

The APC Chairman said the executive and legislative arms of government would continue to work hard to make life better for Nigerians.

The tragedy for now is that over the period people are either very poor or they are very rich. The president has to provide leadership working with the National Assembly leadership to see how we can over the next four years deliver, so that the current situation of extremely poor and extremely rich will is bridged by recreating the middle class. As a political party which is committed to social democracy, we want to make sure that everybody elected on the platform of our party understands dos and don’ts, in terms of politics and a policy choice, our commitment to egalitarian society and all of those things that makes a progressive party different from a Conservative party. We think this is not something we want to be doing on ad-hoc basis. We don’t want to go and sleep because we have won election, the fact that we have won election means a call to duty, so we have to work together to ensure these things are done, the APC Chairman explained.

The National Working Committee also commended President Buhari for promptly appointing his ministers and organizing a retreat for them.

Thirdly, we congratulated the president for appointing ministers. We happy with the progress that has been made and we also commend the senate for delaying their recess to be able to screen the ministers.

We also commended the president for the idea of having a retreat for the ministers before their allocated their respective ministries, so that they understand that they have been appointed and understand that they have been appointed and this is the job the employer has for each and every one of them to do that they have to be well thought out before they are assigned to carry out those jobs. If you compare this to 2015, this is a huge improvement.

We also used the opportunity to present our financial report, what we spent on the election and what we spent in each state as a political party from monies that came from the treasury of our party. Normally people think party funds are not to be accounted for but we are obliged to account for every kobo that was spent and who will spend it for and the result we have gotten.

It was a good meeting and it will be the beginning of series of meetings because we want to bridge the gap. Our party will not go to sleep, we will work closely with government and the legislature to deliver because we have majority in the two chambers and we have the executive, working together in-house we believe we will find solutions to the problems confronting our nation, he said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria