Six months after President Muhammadu Buhari and State Governors took oath of office after the 2019 general elections, the state Chief Executives under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have carried out peer review of party performance in the 19 APC states. The whole idea is to ensure governors of the ruling party meets the expectations of Nigerians ahead of 2023 general elections.
The review which was anchored on “strengthening public service delivery” organised by the Progressives Governors Forum in Jos, Plateau State was centred on key critical sectors of the economy including Transport, Health, Education, Humanitarian and Disaster Management.
Daily Sun gathered after the exit of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole from the parley, the APC governors in a close door session, held a brief discussion on political issues bothering the party and how to recover more states in future elections.
The governors underscored the performance of the party during the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states which culminated to the overwhelming victory of Governor Yahaya Bello and David Lyon. With the victories in the two states, the number of APC states swelled to 20 in the country.
Buhari challenged the governors not to take their re-election for granted and insisted that there should be no room for excuses on the ground of not meeting the high expectations of Nigerians.
His desire, he said was for governors elected on the platform of the APC to lead with shining examples and justify the confidence Nigerians reposed in the APC by queuing behind the party during the 2019 general elections.
To many, Buhari’s body language during the first tenure suggested that he was not deeply satisfied with some governors who collected huge resources as a result of the Federal Government’s bail-out but couldn’t put such fund into proper use to ameliorate hardship among the citizens.
Buhari, who was represented by Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha solicited the collaboration of the state governors to finding solutions to the develompental challenges facing the country.
“I am happy to be here to declare open, this important parley between the Federal Government and the Progressive Governors Forum which aims at strengthening our public service delivery.
“I view this parley as a reflection of the collective commitment and determination of the Federal and State Governments to work harmoniously towards finding solutions to the develompental challenges facing the country.
“Early in 2019, Nigerians overwhelmingly re-elected me as their President. That election was a referendum on not just my leadership but also on our party. Some states governors were re-elected while new ones also came on board.
“To whom much is given, much more is expected. It is therefore incumbent on us to meet the expectations of our teeming population. There should be no room for excuses and that is where the outcome of this parley becomes very critical.”
Buhari, who placed anti-corruption as a major focus of his administration, challenged the APC governors to give the battle total support and replicate it in their respective states despite the fact that the gain of collaborating in the fight against the scourge has continued to face the danger of annihilation.
“I call on the state governments to double their support in the anti-corruption battle. We must all work towards building a socially cohesive society in which the resources of the country work for all. We will continue to apply public funds in such a way that no section of the country or segment of the population will suffer social exclusion.”
The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, believed that President Muhammadu Buhari has truly upheld and put into practice the manifesto of the APC which is evident in the manifestation of the fruits of democracy.
He confessed to the fact that some party loyalists had wished the President to