PDP in denial of its problems, control by godfathers, says APC group




Buhari confers with the Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila during the former's previous visit to the National Assembly

A new group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged, known as the APC Legacy Awareness & Campaign (APCLAC), describing the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as one in denial of its problems and being run by godfathers.

The group being championed by some strong voices and party chieftains in a statement announcing its birth Friday in Abuja, said some of the problems confronting Nigeria like many other nations were not created by the party.

The statement jointly signed by the director general of the Progressive Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh. Lukman, APC national youth leader Barr. Ismail Ahmed, Special Assistant to the President on Social Media Tolu Ogunlesi and a former APC national publicity secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the new group will embark on will showcasing the national and sub-national achievements of APC administration with facts and empirical evidence, on weekly basis.

According to the statement, Nigerians have every reason to expect that governments at all levels, must efficiently and effectively resolve all challenges. But no politician or political party should be allowed to take undue advantage of the legitimate aspirations of Nigerians for responsive and representative government. 

“With all the challenges in the country, APC is the only party that is working to address them. Our leaders are not in denial and are responding to the challenges. Our party, APC, is the only party in the country whose leadership has acknowledged its internal problems and have initiated of resolving its internal problems. Thanks to the leadership of President Buhari, APC has been undergoing a deep-rooted rebuilding and re-positioning process. 

“A new leadership will emerge at the end of this process. Unlike other parties controlled by Godfathers who are in denial of their internal challenges, APC belongs to members who are ordinary Nigerians, and our leaders have no option but to ensure that expectations of Nigerians are fully met.

Our country, Nigeria, like every country in the world, is faced with difficult problems. These are not problems created by our party and its leadership. If anything, through all the initiatives being implemented by the APC Federal Government, our party under the leadership of President Buhari has demonstrated unrivalled boldness and commitment to solve these longstanding issues and to move Nigeria forward. 

“As loyal party members, under the APC Legacy Awareness & Campaign, we will showcase the national and sub-national achievements of our party with facts and empirical evidence, on weekly basis. We will be objective and our leaders with all the necessary recommendations, so as to ensure that our party is able to achieve the goal of changing Nigeria for the better in line with the slogan of the party.”

Believing that changing Nigeria for the better require hard decisions, the group said that has been the focus of all governments’ initiatives under the leadership of Buhari. 

“This is to announce the commencement of a national campaign to promote initiatives of APC Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. As committed members of the APC, we are convinced that since May 29, 2015, when the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated, landmark initiatives have been and are being implemented. In comparative terms, President Buhari’s government has recorded more achievements within six years than all the previous governments under the PDP between 1999 and 2015.

“We intend to present these achievements with facts and empirical evidence. On weekly basis, we will invite Nigerians to engage the issues based on specific highlights of work being executed. In particular, we will invite all committed party members to participate in the campaign. We will also invite opposition parties, especially the PDP to engage the issues by presenting especially what they comparatively were able to achieve when they were in power or in states where they control.

“This campaign has become necessary to prevent a situation whereby political entrepreneurs would take advantage of current challenges in the country to mislead Nigerians into believing that APC and President Buhari’s government has failed. No doubt there are challenges, which both the Federal Government and all our leaders in the party are working hard to resolve. As a group, we will do all we can to support our leaders to succeed in resolving all our national challenges.”