By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has the capacity to squarely address the economic and security challenges in Nigeria, urging him to summon the political will and implement measures that will aggressively turn around the fortunes of the country.
This is even as the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) at the weekend, sacked its executive members in Lagos state, led by Barrister Kayode Alabi, over insubordination, and handed the affairs of the party to a new caretaker committee.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party, Victor Ike Oye, advocated that for the President to effectively achieve a spontaneous socio-economic development there is need to reshuffle his cabinet, which he said as presently constituted cannot drive the change the President intends for the country.
He said time has come for the president to bring in capable hands who will help him to reengineer and refocus the government, to enable Nigerians witness again the Buhari of 1984, reiterating that the President has the capacity to achieve and turn things around.
Speaking further, Oye said the party is deeply concerned about the security crisis in the country, especially in the Benue, Mambila plateau in Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Taraba and Plateau, urging all parties and politicians to carry out their activities with respect to peace as politics is not a do or die affairs.
“APGA is worried about the palpitating state of insecurity in the country, and we call on the federal government to do something urgently to arrest the situation. We believe the President has the capacity to deal with insecurity in the country; all we need is the will power to do so.
“People have been talking about the activities of some persons in the country which is antithetical to the peace of the country, government should do something about these cries to ensure that the security and sovereignty of this country are not compromised”, Oye said.
He expressed confidence that APGA will advance its political fortunes in the 2019 elections, adding that the National Working Committee (NWC) has adopted a proactive approach in the administration of the party, such as to give it an edge over other political parties preparatory to the 2019 elections.
He said the NWC has been meeting consistently, explaining that the idea behind this is to reengineer and revitalize the party for the upcoming general election. In this regard, Oye urged the President to quickly sign the Electoral Act 2010 which was recently passed by National Assembly to enable political parties study the document early enough before elections.
Reacting to the emergence of a third force political party with the name Social Democratic Party (SDP), the APGA chairman said his party should naturally be the third force since besides PDP and APC, no other party has recorded the level of successes being witnessed in APGA today.
To this end, he said the party has no plan to merge with any third force party, but expressed readiness to work more closely and improve the relationship it has with other political parties.
“APGA is growing in leaps and bounds; our membership is growing in exponential progression. We are the only party with a clean Bill of health, clear ideology, we are the first political party to entrench restructuring and power devolution in our party before APC Committee adopted it”, he said.
He urged Nigerians to think of APGA as an alternative to PDP and APC, saying the party is prepared for leadership. He cited example with Anambra state, which he said, though not an oil producing state, has taken development, road construction to the hinterlands.