From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Forum has yet to agree on consensus candidates of it Presidential and Governorship candidates ahead of 2015 general elections.
The forum, sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital and chaired by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, stated that the party would not impose any candidate.
Okorocha who made this know in a communique made available to journalists after it meeting in Ilorin stated that “on consensus, our forum is in full support of consensus as one of the ways to produce our presidential candidate or any candidate in the party for as long as it is done with regards to respect to internal democracy.
“There will be no imposition of candidate in our party. Our Forum has not adopted any candidate but we shall encourage consensus and dialogue
within the leadership of the party and aspirants to see how we can come up with a candidate but where that is not possible, like true progressives, we shall have free and fair primaries from the APC.”
Speaking further on the agenda of the meeting, Okorocha disclosed that the APC has agreed to provide Nigeria the long awaited purposeful, visionary leadership come 2015.
“So we the APC governors are in full support of the activity of our party and assure Nigerians that we shall provide them with a credible presidential candidate that will steer the affairs of this nation in 2015.
“We looked at the dwindling resources of the state coming from FAAC on our monthly allocation which has made it imperative that most states may not afford to pay salaries as a result of the dwindling resources. This has become of a very serious concern to us as governors and we felt that issues that affect the lives of our people must never be politicized.
“We refuse to accept that this nation is broke. I thank God that the Federal Government is not broke, that if the nation is not broke what is due to states as revenues should be paid to the states. This idea of cutting down what should go to states does not in any way promote democracy and democratic dividends and so we as progressive governors do call on the Federal Government to look into the issue of dwindling resources or convince us as to why the states should not get what is due to them.
“We do not know why our colleagues in the PDP are not talking of this matter. If they are not talking it is either they are not affected or somehow they are getting something from the back door which we do not know.
“But if that is not the reasons, I think the presidency or the federal government should act quickly on the present ugly situation which this terrible condition of dwindling has causes us by making sure that the states get to what is due to them at least to pay the basic salaries of the workers.
“We also deliberated on the need to continue to pray for Nigeria for the successful 2015 election which every Nigerian is looking forward to. We must disappoint those who believe that Nigeria can never have free and fair and credible election by making sure that 2015 shall come to pass and Nigeria will raise its head high among the comity of nations and be one of the countries that have conducted a free and fair election.”