The recent failure of the leadership of the All Progressives congress (APC), to install its preferred candidates at the National Assembly leadership may provide the basis for its likely failure to honour its campign promises to Nigerians, reports Peterclaver Egbochue
Campaign promises during elections in Nigeria appear to have become a norm even though such promises are hardly kept after elections by the winners. As a matter of fact, Nigerians will not be surprise if the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, fails to honour most of his campaign promises. However, what is surprising is the reason adduced by the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed had while speaking to Channels TV Breakfast show on Friday said that the party would not fulfill its campaign promises to Nigerians as the Pro-PDP Senators had hijacked the National Assembly seats.
Mohammed lamented that it would be difficult for the Executives to carry out their developmental plans and policies, which Nigerians have given them the mandate through the General Elections, under the current Pro- PDP senate caucus.
According to him, “APC can’t fulfill its campaign promises anymore because it didn’t get the Senate President and Speaker that it wanted. “What we have in the Senate now is the Pro-PDP senate which is not in the interest of our party. How do you expect us to sit with Ekweremadu and Mark to discuss matter of National importance?” Mohammed queried.
The APC, had on Tuesday last week, lost its proffered candidates for the seat of the Senate and House of Representatives to some factions of the APC in alliance with the PDP Senators-elect while attending to the meeting at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja where they were supposed to have a meeting with President Buhari.
The meeting ended abruptly on hearing the news of the election at the National Assembly where Senator Bukola Saraki, and Hon. Yakubu Dogara, emerged as the Senate President and Speaker respectively. The situation has reportedly caused some disaffection within the party, a development keen political watchers said the party leadership is yet to recover from. The party had insisted that the emergence of the duo of Saraki and Dogara was totally unacceptable and the highest level of indiscipline and treachery.
Speaking through its Publicity Secretary, the party said, ”Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker. The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members- elect of the House of Representatives. All National Assembly members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision.
”The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members. ”Consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to re-establish discipline in President, David Mark acknowledged.” He, therefore, said under the leadership of President Buhari, the APC would definitely replicate the good works it had done in the states it controlled at the federal level, assuring that the party “is committed to the welfare and wellbeing of all Nigerians.
We are committed to rehabilitating Nigeria’s dilapidated social fabrics.” He added that the APC “is committed to rebuilding national consciousness in every citizen of Nigeria with a view to promoting social harmony and political stability. We are committed to reforming education sector and enhancing the country’s human capital for strategic national development.
We are committed to devolving more power to federating units in order to promote the principle of equity and fairness in our federal system. “There is no way the people of South West will not benefit from the APC government. In fact, we are confident that the South-west will have fair deal under the administration of President Buhari “But we need more support from all Nigerians than what they gave us at the polls.
We, therefore, appeal to our brothers and sisters to be patient with us. We will not let Nigeria down. Rather we shall keep faith with all promises we have made.” As the party’s leadership battles to accept the reality of the situation, observers insist the party should not use that an excuse for its failure.