17 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed deep confidence in its ability to retain power come 2019, boasting it has membership of over 15.2 million.
Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu said this on Saturday when he received the deputy director of the Research Office, International Department of the Communist Party of China, IDCPC, Dong Weihua at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
Basing his confidence on the achievements of the Buhari administration, Shaibu said, “I make bold to say that there is no other option before Nigerians other than the APC.
“We inflicted a very big injury on the former ruling party in 2015. During the campaigns, we realised our own method benefitted us because our manner of campaign was devoid of any hate speech. Theirs was full of hate speech and Nigerians clearly saw the difference.
“The APC currently has 15.2 million members. The eyes of Nigerians are open. They know who is sincere about things. Nigerians know which party to choose when elections come in 2019. So I can assure you we are very confident in 2019 for a re-election.”
Shaibu also said despite the rot met on ground when the APC took over in 2015, the current administration has quickly addressed itself to clearing the rot and delivering on election promises made to Nigerians during the campaigns.
“After we took over as a government, we brought out to the open for Nigerians to see the amount of damage done to the Nigerian economy, to every fabric of the Nigerian society. Impunity became a culture. Corruption was an accepted norm. That was how we found this country. We promised Nigerians that we will fix the economy, ensure security of lives and property and fight corruption no matter who is involved”, he said.
Citing ongoing projects particularly in the transport and power sectors, He told the Chinese delegation that the current administration is implementing projects to make the country business-friendly and improve the economy.
“Our entire infrastructure as at when we started this democratic dispensation in 1999 had decayed so much that they did not require fixing by way of repair, they were so decayed that they required replacement… For businesses also, the infrastructure necessary for businesses was also absent because there was no electricity.
Our transportation system was so bad that we had to extend our hands to advanced countries to help us fix our infrastructure. Nigerians today I assure you are happy that things have started moving in the right direction.
He also said the current administration has rebuilt the country’s image in the international arena and entrenched the culture of democracy in the country.
“The current administration is giving people their right to vote and ensuring that their votes also count. We have also ensured the right of people to say their views, even though people in some cases have abused freedom of speech, such as hate speech, people making statements that undermine the authority of the state, sovereignty of Nigeria and unity of the country.
“We assure you that these challenges are not insurmountable, we will overcome them because government will within the limits established by law be able to bring everything under control and ensure that Nigeria as a country continue as one”, he said.