The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it remains the best option at this time for all Nigerians who are genuinely committed to the progress and development of the country.
The APC said this yesterday in a statement signed and issued its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, in reaction to a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari former President Olusegun Obasanjo. had said in the letter that the nation needed “Coalition for Nigeria Movement to drive Nigeria up and forward,” since both the APC and the PDP were “wobbling”.
But the ruling party in its statement disagreed with the former president.
“The APC notes the statement credited to former President Obasanjo which has been widely-reported in the media and titled: ‘The Way out: a clarion call for coalition for Nigeria movement’.
“While we do not agree with everything the former president said, especially on his assessment of the government and our party, we note the sundry issues raised the former president, and we assume these were made in good faith.
“As a father of the nation, we understand that the former president would feel obliged to intervene if certain things are not being done or are not being done in a particular way. However, we believe that such interventions should be for the sole purpose of improving the system and encouraging the relevant institutions to work harder in improving certain situations,” the statement said.
“We note that there are about 72 other registered political parties in the country and the people reserve the right to support any of these. Our democracy itself is young and hence all the parties face sundry challenges, but we have made progress since 1999, with President Obasanjo himself being a major contributor to our progress as a multi-party democracy.
“It is for this reason that we believe the respected former president should not give the impression that none of the political parties in the country is good enough for Nigerians and the only solution to the current challenges that we face is a completely new arrangement.
“The task of building a political party is not done overnight. Even the oldest of our political parties is still very young in comparison with advanced democracies. Our democracy therefore stands a better chance of becoming really strong if we allow the parties to find their identities, even if in the process they make mistakes and appear to be ‘wobbling’. No political party arrives fully formed,” the APC said.
Source: Daily Trust