2019: We are not jittery about Atiku emergence – Okorocha
2019: We are not jittery about Atiku emergence - Okorocha
The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC, Governors Forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday, said the party is not jittery about the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the 2019 presidential election
Okorocha who disclosed that party’s achievements in the last three and a half years, speaks for itself, said the APC is working on a blueprint to unveil its achievements, ahead of the 2019 general election.
Okorocha while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after leading APC Governors to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday, said the party “ can’t be jittery” adding that “ history is there to speak”
According to him, “ history is very important. Like I said we are not going to get involved in a verbal war with anybody, we will be talking about issues”
“we will tell you what we can do and what we cannot do and what others cannot do. So APC is not going to engage in those kinds of talk show, but we discuss on what our party can do for the people”
Okorocha also called for reconciliation of all the aggrieved party members, ahead of the elections adding that “What is important to us is that we must not go into this battle a divided family and we want to make sure that all governors are intact, all National Assembly members are intact while going into this battle. We will never speak differently, we will speak as united leaders of the party”
“Nigerians are very wise now, before they elect anybody, the will ask questions, what has been your track record, who were you before and who are you now and everything about you. For that reason, we are confident that 2019, APC will pull through”
“We have also looked at issues concerning our primaries. In every democracy expect some kind of disagreements and we have kindly requested that something be done to bring all warring factions together so we can have a united party to face the challenges ahead and we are happy that”
He however assured that most the APC
problems have been resolved except for one or two states where we have issues.
“Where it becomes more difficult, we asked for Mr President’s intervention in the matter.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and until recently, a strong member of the Atiku group, described the meeting with between the President and the Governors as a “welcome development.”
Mustapha, referring to a compendium detailing the achievements President Buhari, said the government has performed creditably.
“We are a government that has creditably performed and this morning I had the privilege of laying before the council a compendium of the policies and programmes and projects initiated and implemented by this government in two and a half years.
“A total of 1042 page document, not stories, facts of what we have been able to achieve and I think we have set the tone that this campaign will be driven by issues; this campaign must be predicated upon what you are able to bring to the table for the people of Nigeria.
Boss Mustapha also noted that “ it is not going to be a noisy campaign, anybody preparing for noise should be prepared to received defeat in February of 2019”
It’s a welcome development, we are one big family. In a contest, there are bound to be winners and losers but in the spirit of the game of politics which is like any other sport after the game is over, whoever has emerged victorious must be magnanimous and gracious in his victory, and whoever has lost out should also accept it in the spirit of sportsmanship.
So this is a welcome move, our governor, who is the chairman of Progressives Governors Forum has spoken and rightly all the things that have been set in motion to ensure that we quickly heal wounds and bring the family together for the greater task ahead.
We are here on delegation of governors to come and congratulate Mr President for having emerge as the presidential candidate of APC in the 2019 election. We belief it’s a victory well deserved and the honour we have given him as governors and as delegates to our national convention haven chose him as our consensus candidate reaffirms our confidence in the man President Muhammadu Buhari a d this we want to take till February 2019 when we will be facing the general election and we have come to request from Mr President for a date for governors to come together with our followers and supporters to further inform the world of our readiness to deliver him in the 2019 election. This basically is the message we have come with and to say that Mr President is more than ever ready for the entire exercise.
Our election this time will not engage in castigations, we will be talking on issues, Nigerians are tired of political abuses, what we want to be talking about is issues and track records of people involved in our elections.
Nigerians are very wise now, before they elect anybody, the will ask questions, what has been your track record, who were you before and who are you now and everything about you. For that reason we are confident that 2019, APC will pull through.
We have also looked at issues concerning our primaries. In every democracy expect some kind of disagreements and we have kindly requested that something be done to bring all warring factions together so we can have a united party to face the challenges ahead and we are happy that, that will soon take place. Most of the problems have been resolved except for one or two states where we have issues.
Where it becomes more difficult, we asked for Mr President’s intervention in the matter.
What of Zamfara State?
Zamfara is one of the issues we have raised also.
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