APC will transform Nigeria in 2015– Oyegun

APC Chairman John Odigie Oyegun

Nigeria’s main opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC, will transform Nigeria if elected to power in 2015, the party’s national chairman, John Oyegun, has assured.

Mr. Oyegun spoke on Monday in Sokoto at the inauguration of the northwest executive committee and a special rally.

“The party wants to ensure the complete transformation of the nation when elected into power at all levels during the forthcoming polls,” he said. “This transformation will include the power sector, security, education, eradication of unemployment and poverty, among others.”

Mr. Oyegun commended Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State for developing the state in the past seven years.
Mr. Wamakko and his counterparts from Kano, Imo, Edo and Zamfara States, said the party was capable of bringing the desired change to Nigeria.

The governors also said, “Nigerians want change and to maximise the God-given potentials of the country. The APC governors and members across Nigeria are bonded by sheer vision and mission to effect change in the country”.

The Deputy National Chairman of the party, Lawal Shuaibu, said the rally was the beginning of the crusade to bring the change Nigerians need.

The state chairman of the party, Bala Hassan, said the APC will emerge victorious in 2015 at levels in the country.

“The rally is a meeting of progressives who want to bring the desired change in Nigeria,” Mr. Hassan said.
The highlight of the event was the inauguration of the northwest executive committee members of the party by Mr. Oyegun, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

The National Vice Chairman, Northwest, Inuwa Abdulkadir, said that people in the zone will vote in APC at levels in 2015.

The rally was attended by the former Governors of Zamfara, Ahmed Sani and Bayelsa, Timipriye Sylva.(NAN)


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  • TopeLamas

    Its a sure thing dat apc will win election come 2015, its d party we cn trust, dey v transformed d apc rulin party dey will transform nigeria, lets gv anoda person a chance pdp has failed us

    • solomon

      Dreamer John asshole Oyegun the house boy apc chairman must say something to remain as the chosen he-goat to run errand for the half dead leader of apc.

  • Alcindo Satori

    By Soni Daniel

    Amid the dust raised by his allegation linking a former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and an erstwhile Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, with the sponsorship of Boko Haram, an Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, at the weekend, gave insight into how Abubakar Shekau hijacked the Islamist group.

    “The Boko Haram we see today is not the Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah Lih Da’awa wal Jihad (JAS) that was operational under Yusuf – former JAS leader killed by the police in 2009”, Davis told Sunday Vanguard in an interview.

    In the interview conducted online, the negotiator said: “Shekau formed Ansaru which he used for kidnapping and beheading victims. This behaviour was a major departure from the original mandate of the JAS which was to purify Islam and return it to the exemplary life of the Prophet. Many among the JAS leadership are no longer active and others have been killed. This has allowed Shekau to take the JAS to a more extreme action and expand the frontiers of kidnapping, bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram we have today is a much expanded Ansaru. What we see now is not the Yusufiya which wanted very much to settle a score with former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. It is Boko Haram as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab”.

    Davis admitted that he came to Nigeria in April to facilitate the release of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram, but denied that he was engaged by any party and therefore had no obligation to report to anyone.

    He claimed to have interacted with former commanders of JAS and others close to Boko Haram during his visit to Nigeria.

    Davis didn’t speak with real Boko Haram leaders – Nigerian negotiator

    Meanwhile, a Nigerian negotiator claimed, yesterday, that Sheriff and Ihejirika could not have been Boko Haram sponsors as the two men were actually sworn enemies of the Islamist group.

    The negotiator, who didn’t want to be named for security reasons, told Sunday Vanguard that neither Sherrif nor Ihejirika was a sponsor of the sect.

    The source, who has been assisting the government to find a lasting solution to the insurgency in the North-east, pointed out that Sheriff was even one of the three most wanted enemies of the sect. He did not say who the other two were.

    “The statement credited to advise that Sherriff and Ihejirika are sponsors of Boko Haram is far from the truth because, as at today, the former Borno governor remains one of the three worst enemies of Boko Haram”, he stated.

    “I can tell you that the group has not forgiven Sheriff over the killing of its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, who was arrested and killed during his tenure as governor”.

    Confirming the claim by Davis that he was not hired by the Nigerian government to broker peace with the sect, the source said that the Australian came on his own to secure the release of the Chibok girls.

    He said that while in Nigeria, Davis never met the real commanders of Boko Haram but depended on information from a member of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Amnesty for information on the activities of the sect.

    The source blamed what is now playing out on the issue of Boko Haram sponsorship on the information given to Davis by the member of the presidential committee.

    He said,”We can say with all amount of seriousness that Davis did not meet the leadership and main commanders of Boko Haram during his visit to the North-east.

    “If Davis insists that he met with any senior commander or leader of the sect, we challenge him to mention their names and ranks”.

    • Scalywag

      The above comment does not relate to the story. We have agreed that the government appears incapable or unwilling to unravel the sponsors and perpetrators of the mindless killings, slaughtering and maiming of nigerians. Just like they accepted help from foreign governments in the search for the Chibok girls, they can as well do with assistance from the ICC in the investigation of these crimes against humanity in Nigeria. As we write, Boko Haram is making unimpeded advances and capturing large swathes of lands in Borno and Adamawa states despite a subsisting emergency rule in these states. As it is, only the ICC can give justice to the dead, the orphans, the widows and the maimed. Let us forget about the nascent negotiators who knew BH commanders but could not utter a word only to start casting aspersions on Rev. Dr. Davis

  • the truth

    Nigerians are yearning for change,Nigerians would clearly vote out pdp if they had a good alternative.apc politicians are old pdp members,they were criticised when in pdp but now revered as saints because they joined apc.if apc can come up with unstained and credible politicians with people oriented ideology that encompasses tribe and religion they would get the masses.I am neither apc nor pdp but I am Nigeria.

    • Wähala

      Read your last sentence again and see how lost you are with reality. We are all Nigerians and realistically speaking, only the APC ati PDP have the infrastructure to form a government and since every sane Nigerians is tired of this PDP choke-hold, logic leaves only APC… you can’t sit on the fence on this pal, or bootlegs will be your only option. My point being, yes! in every twelve there’s a Judas, but in PDP there’s only one saint… go figure!

      • the truth

        mr wahala my point is if apc had credible and charismatic politicians, i
        would vote apc. but apc is the angry brother of pdp. here in the states
        you can distinguish republicans from democrats, they have clear
        ideological differences. democrats support rights to gays, republicans
        disapprove that, democrats want women to have the right to get abortion,
        republicans stand against abortion, most democrats and democratic
        states have passed pro marijuana laws, republicans dont want that. as a
        voter you see the clear difference and as such you know where to cast
        your vote based on your ideology. but in nigeria you can’t see the
        difference. apc was pdp, and how are we sure if we hand over government
        to them they wont do the same thing as pdp. what is the difference
        between apc controlled states from pdp, has kwara state improved
        infrastructuraly since moving from pdp to apc. a party that has no
        manifesto since inception can’t be taken as a serious party u get it now

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Mr. man here is a glance to APC’s manifestoe for your digest, to correct your notion that APC has no manifestoe yet.:
          Promises Independent EFCC, 40,000MW Of Electricity, More:

          The All Progressives Congress (APC) 31 page manifesto, which was distributed to
          leaders and elders of APC at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, presided over by
          its Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, has pledged to address the
          problems facing the development of the country.

          The manifesto reads in part: “APC in Government shall muster the political will
          to wage strident War Against Corruption; otherwise our post-oil economy will be
          disastrous.

          “It is our considered view that none of our cardinal programmes will succeed if
          the current level of corruption and looting going on in the land is allowed to
          continue

          “We shall strengthen and make independent the EFCC, ICPC and other anti-graft
          agencies and repeal the laws which inhibit their independence.

          “We shall embark on public sensitisation campaign and civic education against
          corruption in schools and town halls.

          “We Shall encourage civil society organisations, advocacy groups and
          whistle-blowers in the anti-graft vanguard.

          “We shall stop the corruption of our electoral process by making Independent
          National and State Electoral Commissions (INEC) truly independent.

          “We shall establish special courts for corruption, after due and thorough
          review of the Penal Code.

          “To actualise this, we shall make the appointment of the chairman and top
          officials of National and State Electoral Commissions public as enunciated in
          the Uwais Electoral Reform Report.

          “On all election matters, the burden of proof shall rest with the Electoral
          Commissions.”The party also said it would enhance politics and governance with
          reforms through more accountability and transparent process.

          The party said: “APC will prevent abuse of executive, legislative and public
          offices through greater accountability, transparency and strict enforcement of
          anti-corruption laws whilst strengthening all anti-corruption agencies.

          “Amend the constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected
          officers in criminal cases.

          “Ensure full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act so that
          government held data sets can be requested and used by the media and the public
          at large and then published on regular basis.”

          On Federalism, the manifesto added: “APC will initiate action to amend our
          constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to
          states and local governments in order to entrench Federalism and the Federal
          Spirit.”

          On power, APC has pledged to generate and distribute up to 40,000 Megawatts of
          electricity in four to eight years. The manifesto said: “Power is the
          centre-point of the development process. All other indices of development
          anchor on power and energy. The failure to make power supply efficient has
          impacted negatively on the economy. It has made the cost of production and
          business high and has invariably raised the cost of agricultural produce and
          other finished goods and services thereby thwarting the growth of our economy.

          “The crisis in the power sector is one of the major causes of the present
          collapse of the industrial sector and the inability of small-scale industries
          to thrive. To kick-start industrial growth in the country, stable and
          affordable power supply is an absolute necessity.

          “The APC Government shall vigorously pursue the expansion of electricity
          generation and distribution of up to 40,000 megawatts in four to eight years.
          The party will also work assiduously at making power available from renewable
          energy sources, such as coal, solar, hydro, wind and biomass for domestic and
          industrial use, wherever these prove viable.

          “As a matter of pressing priority and urgency, tackle the paralysing lapses
          with electric power generation, distribution and supply. Resolve all stalemate
          around the reform of the power sector and develop a transparently agreed power
          generation and distribution milestones with clear timelines and targets.
          Liberalise the monopoly of the Federal Government in power generation and
          supply.

          “We shall devolve much of power and energy to the private sector.The gas and
          thermal stations will particularly be encouraged to increase their supply
          capacities. Alternative power sources, including hydro, solar, coal and wind
          energy will be explored and developed. Regular Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of
          existing facilities will be done to ensure steady and uninterrupted utility supply.An
          aggressive and efficient tariff/ revenue recovery system will be pursued.

          “All avenues of waste, corruption and abuse will be checked. Rural
          electrification will continue to be encouraged.Improve management efficiency of
          the nation’s distribution system, improve commitment to consumer service and
          sensitise a national energy conservation and maintenance culture on electricity
          supply.Regarding national security and defence.

          APC said it would decentralise the police and expand its local content to include
          community policing.The manifesto said: “APC will urgently address capacity
          building of law enforcement agents in terms of quantity and quality as this is
          critical in safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property.

          “Establish a well-trained, adequately funded, equipped and goals driven Serious
          Crime Squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy,
          ethno-religious and communal clashes nationwide.

          “Begin widespread consultations to amend the constitution to decentralise the
          police command and expand local content by including community policing.

          “Push for more support in the security and economic stability of the sub-region
          (ECOWAS) and AU as a whole and maintain a strong, close and frank relationship
          with the international community.

          “Take renewed measures to secure our borders, which are currently too porous
          for effective control of…“Take renewed measures to secure our borders which are
          currently too porous for effective control of unwarranted movement. Establish a
          National Coast Guard to protect our coastal waters.”

          Concerning the economy, APC in its manifesto, said it would make “Nigerian
          economy one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world achieving a
          real GDP growth averaging 10 per cent annually.

          “Embark on vocational training, entrepreneurial and skill acquisition scheme
          for graduates along with the creation of small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme
          to create at least 1million new jobs every year, for the foreseeable future.

          “Create additional middle-class of at least 1 million new home owners in our
          first year in government and 1 million annually thereafter, by enacting a
          national mortgage system that will lend at single digit interest rates for
          purchase of owner occupier houses.”

          Credit: APC Fan Club – Worldwide

          • the truth

            please can you provide me a link to this manifesto.

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Google is your friend. Why not type APC manifesto and see the miracle therein.

          • Wähala

            Hahaha chai!
            He won’t. His life depends on copy-n-paste for a chance at the kitchen sink, crumbs!
            Tiufia! You really stuck your foot into his ahnus right there with the Google lyrics. The tout has been nothing but a pest online, everywhere. Amnesty Camp egunje for posting rubbish for mega-mugus…
            The Oloshi!

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Don’t mind them. Myopic mind only bank on them say without looking for the fact and truth.

      • aisha ani

        Bottom line if apc does not field a credible candidate pdp will win by default, meaning there will be a low turnout on election day.

        • Wähala

          I agree. Regardless who they front, that person will first pass thru the court of public opinion…
          Since the verdict is already in on Dr. Dumbo. It boils to how low Nigerians want to sink into the quicksand we’re caught in. Either way, whoever loses no go gree… unfortunately, I see Abu Shekau turning into Abu Bagdadi. Naija turning into Iraq. Remember the prediction about 2015? Stay tuned!

          • aisha ani

            It is already happening,Boko Haram has taken over 6 cities from the last count.

  • Mani_Kay

    As they have transformed Lagos State to world’s No.1 corruption and looting capital city state ……. in fact ….. APC will make Nigeria as indebted as Lagos and Osun States with nothing to show for the huge debts.

    • the truth

      god bless u sir

      • aisha ani

        I second that.

    • Wähala

      Chump, what’s Nigeria’s debt portfolio now and when OBJ left office? Why is your mugu borrowing an additional $1bn irrespective of the N1trn budgeted annually for security? Hypocrite! How about comparing five PAC vs PDP states in debt profiles… that’s how you position for intellectual battle, not wearing that yeye fake beret and writing sycophantic gibberish in public domain. What has the PDP got to show Nigerians since 15yrs in power? Compare Nigeria’s external debt under Abacha and your Jaja. Oloshi !!!

      • 9jaIsFinished

        You couldn’t have responded any better! There are a lot of ignorant people who come here and run their gullible mouth without the slightest clue of what is actusly happening.

    • Maria

      Jonathan’s government is the most corrupt government in the world judging by the amount of mony he and his handlers have stolen and looted.

  • adegbola

    It is only an enemy of progress that will said he or she can’t see the difference between the development taking place in the APC control states compare to other states that are control by the pdp, so for Us to experience such change all of the Nation so that all Nigerians can enjoy the true dividend of democracy is to send all this people stealing our resources since 1999 packing by voting them out of power.

  • Rocket_TV

    How? they will never say

  • True Nigerian

    To be believed, credibility is crucial! And on credibility, people don’t just listen to what you say, they look at what you do, who you are, who you associate with. Also, saying what you will do would readily engage the questions, “how, when and where exactly will you do each of the things you want to do?”. The APC refuses to address that.

    Winning the next election isn’t as easy as becoming a credible opposition. But doing the latter could easily tilt the former in APC’s favour. Yet, APC has consistently failed on that easier task. That’s one point APC needs to understand, which it has failed to understand. If you’re a credible opposition, your arguments tend to carry more weight, and soon you will have more ordinary people like me who are willing to spread your message more than you can ever do by yourself.

    Just like the vile evil umbrella called PDP, the APC which is supposed to be an opposition party is also cunningly, offensively and deceptively supporting the removal of fuel subsidy because APC’s greedy governors want more money to be shared to states and looted into personal coffers by the usual vested interests. PDP says fuel subsidy must be removed based on the illogical reason that
    frauds which are clearly preventable and deterrable have been committed
    on the subsidy program. And yet you, an opposition party, says you
    agree to such ridiculous logic in administrative theory and practice. In
    other words, just like the ruling party which you claim to be opposing,
    you also believe that removing economic benefit from the poor is the
    only way to address a situation where the poor is robbed by thieves who
    are well known to everybody in the society. Just like the party you
    claim to be opposing, you also, rather idiotically, dismiss and
    discountenace the simple and basic logic that the same problem of fraud
    on subsidy program could be solved by removing the mischief itself and
    the mishcief makers. But in your porous brains, a simple matter of law
    enforcement is being presented as a humongous economic conundrum.

    After 16 years of woeful failure and impunity by the PDP, the ruling party should be detested by every right-thinking Nigerian. And the truth is, most Nigerians hate the PDP. Trouble is, they struggle to see the difference between the PDP and APC; which takes me back to the first point I made above – that building a credible and robustly democratic opposition party is actually more important than winning the next election. It may sound bizzare to the stagnating minds of the vested interests which are running and ruining the APC with their egos; but in reality, it is the summary of the reason that APC has consistently foundered in convincing Nigerians.

    How can you convince anyone that you are the alternative when the best candidates for general elections have no chance of getting your tickets because you hate democracy in practice, even though it is the only reason you have all become important beyond your merit? How about nominating Oby Ezekwesili and pairing her with an Oshiomhole, Aregbesola or Fashola? You will trounce Jonathan and put the PDP where it belongs – the dust bin. But hell no! APC and its faihfuls won’t look at anything outside the North. So how are you going to dent Jonathan’s ethno-centric grip on East and South. His performance on security is already a horendous memory for most northerners. So what you need is now a candidate that can really damage his ethno-religious agenda in the East, South and West of Nigeria. But APC is not minded to do so.

    For 12 years out of the 16 years that PDP has refused to give Nigerians electric power, APC could have shown an example by implementing constant power supply
    in just 2 of the states it has controlled in that period? In the last 16 years, APC could have used Lagos as a proof to show all Nigerians that electric power supply
    isn’t as impossible as the PDP has been offensively suggesting.

    To date, touts and criminal gangs are still openly collecting levies in Lagos state and claiming that they have the approval of Lagos government do so. Lagos State has been looted and fleeced as fearlessly and as deeply as Nigeria has been looted by the PDP. Lagos is as anti-poor people as the PDP-controlled Aso Villa has been to poor Nigerians all over the country. Just as PDP terrorises its faithfuls with undemocratic processes, APC’s Iyaloja of Lagos constituted herself into a terror on poor innocent traders in order to forcibly get members for APC. In fact, in some cases, PDP is now taunting APC with jibes on how it has become more democratic than the main opposition party. With the exception of Osun State, APC is not distinguishable from PDP on almost every corner you look.

    Lagos is forcibly embarking on a vile land grab on behalf on Dangote without adequate compensation for the communal land owners. In the process, many of the citizens from the poor comunity have been wonded or killed by Police under the watchful eyes and encouragement of Lagos State government. Even touts dressing as fake policemen in the locality have been employed to molest and attack the locals in order to forcibly chase them away from their own ancestral homes and land.

    When boko haram exploded a car in Lagos, the governor did exactly what Jonathan has been doing on National security – repeated denials of the obvious.

    So what exactly is the APC opposing?

    Until APC realises the above nuances, becoming a ruling party is likely to elude them again and also remain elusive to the tens of millions of Nigerians who are dead sick of the vile cancer known PDP of which its vileness has now reached a new height under the worst president the country has ever known, President Jonathan.