Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, weekend, officially hoisted the flag of the newly registered All Progressives Congress (APC) and lowered those of the now rested Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in a symbolic show of the grand entry of the new party.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at the former CPC state secretariat in Lafia, the state capital, the governor said the APC would raise the hope of the country and salvage its people from the misrule they have witnessed since the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came to power.
Explaining the mission of the APC, Gov. Al-Mukara said, “It is the coming together of all progressives in the country; that is what we are today. The logo says it all; about our resolve to sweep the ugly past and entrench a society where the common man will feel like he is the governor. For two years, we have done that in Nasarawa; with the coming of APC, we are joining ranks with all other progressives across the country, to continue with what we already begun. The broom has come to town; there will be no more dirt”.
Speaking on the hoisting of the new flag, the governor, who drove to the party secretariat in company of some of his aides said, “The flag is symbolic in many respects. Symbolic because it carries the minds of well meaning Nigerians, patriotic Nigerians, and we are raising the hope and status of this country. We are raising accountability to the highest level and we are taking this country to the Promised Land. We are salvaging the people of this country from the misrule that has bedeviled this country for many years since the Peoples Democratic Party came to power.
“I want to congratulate every Nigerian, not only those that belong to CPC, but every Nigerian that the true party that will deliver true democracy has come. I want everybody who wishes this country well to sit down and enjoy true implementation of true democracy through the APC. The flag is true democracy in Nigeria, the hoisting of transformation, social justice, accountability, as well as transparency and social transformation.”
Gov. Al-Makura later also lowered the CPC flag on his official vehicle, and in its place, hoisted that of the APC.