The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed confidence that the APC would remain in power beyond 2023.
According to Oshiomhole, the ruling party has won the heart of Nigerians and would consequently be voted to remain in power after the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
We have “demonstrated purposeful leadership to win the hearts of Nigerians,” he said.
Oshiomhole stated this on Friday while speaking at the party’s National Working Committee meeting with APC state governors in Abuja.
He added that based on merit, APC would stay in power beyond 2023.
“We believe our party has made a lot of progress in the three key areas that were reflected in our manifesto but there is a lot to be done.
“I am sure working together at both the executive, state and federal levels by the special grace of God, we will do better in this second term.
“As to merit, our party will continue to govern the country post-2023,” he said.
“It is quite a challenging experience for me. I try to compare myself as a governor and now as chairman of a party. And coming in at the eve of primaries and dealing with fall out of the previous congresses.
“And then proceeding to conduct elections. Then conduct primaries and campaigns across the 36 states and the FCT. And working hard to ensure that we secure as many votes as we can for our president.
“As well as support our states, particularly where we didn’t have state governors to ensure that we are able to lend a helping hand. I am happy to say that at the end of the day even though we lost some states we also gained some states.
“We gained Kwara, which for us is extremely important. And, we also gained Gombe state which is also very strategic among others.
“Of course, we have a clear majority in the National Assembly. We have more Senators elected on our platform, we also have more House of Representatives members elected on our platform,” he said.
“Because we believe that a lot of our cases in court have merit. We hope that there will be justice and they would be resolved in our favour,’ he added.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, led his colleagues to the meeting.
In his statement, Bagudu said; “we are happy to cooperate and participate in whatever way we can to strengthen our party.
“Mr President led Nigeria to recover from recession at the quickest time. He funded states to pay salary deficits, he paid retirees and established different social reinvestment programme. This is despite the drop in income.
”We also want to congratulate you for having been reelected. Sometimes it is easier to be elected the first time. But, to be reelected implies a huge vote of confidence by the people of your respective states.
“Looking at things from here I know a lot went into trying to seize the deliberate attempt by opposition to discredit the good ones,” Bagudu said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.