Update: APC Accepts Responsibility for Nation’s Economic Woes, Promises to Remedy It

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Monday, dropped the toga of a ‘super’ party and admitted it was responsible for the economic challenges that Nigeria is going through.
Emerging from a meeting between APC Governors and President Muhammadu Buhari, including the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, held inside the Presidential Villa on Monday, Chairman of Progressives Governors,’ Forum, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, admitted that the present economic woes were consequences of APC handling of the nation’s economy but stated that the party was also prepared to solve the problem.
The Governor said, “As APC, we are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria. We are responsible for the good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it.”
While admitting that Nigerians were passing through difficult times, Okorocha said there was no surgery that is not painful.
He said Nigerians were experiencing pains because the country was going through what he called “a very serious economic surgery.”
The Governor asked Nigerians to be more patient with the present administration.
He said, “We share the pains of Nigerians, every human being must feel it. We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience.
“Let us do things the right way and do it once and for all. I am sure that by next year, you will begin to see changes, the price of rice will drop, prices of dollars will begin to stabilise and we will see a lot of challenges.
“But at this painful moment, nobody likes it. It is like a woman in the labour room, when she is in the labour room there is no joy but she has to pass through that moment and that moment, she does not wear her high heel shoes, no makeup, no champagne, no party.
“She is going through a process but shortly after that process, joy cometh once she sees the child. So, Nigerians should bear with us as a government.”
Okorocha said the Governors discussed a lot of national issues at the meeting including the 21 released Chibok girls, agriculture, the ongoing anti-corruption war and the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State with the President.
The party has always pointed accusing finger at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the cause of Nigeria’s recession which it said could have been avoided if the party had saved for the rainy day.
The PDP has also been blamed for being corrupt with the infamous misappropriation of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms.
Several top members of the party have been arrested and arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission while some are under the radar of the anti-graft agency.
Governor Okorocha said the meeting was also to address the disquiet over the recent ambassadorial nomination made by President Buhari with some governors reportedly unhappy that they were not consulted before the nominations.
Some Governors at the meeting include those of Ogun, Kogi, Kaduna, Edo, Zamfara, Benue, Sokoto and Kano, among others.
Some state Governors including Lagos and Nassarawa were represented by their Deputies.

Author: News Editor

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