By Hafsat Abdullahi
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has agreed to go into collaboration with the Communist Party of China (CPC) with the hope of sharing political and socio-economic experiences.
According to the Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, who received the delegation from the international department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on courtesy call to his office, over the weekend, the collaboration would go a long way in helping both parties, particularly the APC, provide better leadership to the country.
“It is a good thing that we are going into collaboration with an older party like CPC on some mutually beneficial areas,” he said “We would collaborate to tap some of your experiences. I can assure you that we shall welcome exchange of suggestions and advice. For a party which has helped in the rapid development of China, we have a lot to learn from you. Even though we are a young party, we also have our own experiences too to share with you.”
Shuaibu pointed out that the APC would specifically like to learn more from the CPC about their handling of workers’ welfare, relationship with other political parties, and China‘s development plan for the economy, among others.
“We are the older party and we think that we can benefit well from this collaboration,” Weihua said.
She added that China and Nigeria would continue to enjoy a good relationship and would always be willing to promote beneficial bilateral interests.
Shuaibu noted that, even though Nigeria’s democracy is much younger, one of the most challenging experiences the APC-led government has been facing is trying to change the orientation of Nigerians from “doing things in the old way, to doing them in the right way.”
He also said that the party was concerned about the growing incidence of hate speech and inflammatory statements from individuals and groups, which he lamented, threatened the national security and unity of the country.
“We are very committed party and government. We won our election without recourse to hate speeches, and in spite of the growing spate of the phenomenon, we still remain focused on our promises to ensure Security of life and property, revamp the economy and fight corruption”.
He added also that “the good thing is that it is only our party that is capable of handling this crisis better under the circumstances, and you have seen that we are on top of the situation and handling it within the limit provided by the laws of the country.”
According to Shuaibu, “the APC still enjoys the confidence of Nigerians, and we have no doubt that our Party would win the 2019 election, as no party posed any challenge to our credibility.”
Also speaking at the event, the Deputy Director General of Research Office of the International Department of the CPC, Ms. Dong Weihua, said her party was eager to collaborate with the APC.
“We are very much happy to collaborate with the party to share experiences on social, economic and even cultural matters. We may be an older party, but we think that we can benefit well on both sides from this collaboration,” she said.
She added that China and Nigeria would continue to enjoy good relationship, adding that she was sure that both countries would be always willing to promote beneficial interests.