The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has dismissed insinuations that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is slow in fulfilling its campaign promises and making relevant appointments.
The APC boss, who stated this in an interview with journalists on Monday in Benin, the Edo State capital, said rather than not being fast enough, both the party and the president were being “deliberate and cautious” in their actions because it was the first time the country was being led by the progressives, since it gained independence in 1960.
Mr. Odigie-Oyegun explained that the governing party needed individuals who had passion and understood the requirements for implementing its manifesto.
He also dismissed reports that some ministerial nominees failed corruption test by security agencies, adding that the ministers to be appointed by the president would be a combination of politicians and technocrats.
He said, “The government is not slow. It is cautious, it is deliberate. It is good we go with deliberate steps, make a few mistakes as possible in the appointments that will need to come. That process is nearing its end. Activities people thought were slow are taking place. Some aspects of our promises is already under way. Implementations of some of the party’s promises are underway.
“There was the need, given that this is our first experience in governance, to be cautious. There was the need because of the totally different nature of our manifestos and social welfare programme we promised to the people, that those he wants to bring to execute these programmes are totally different; that they understand, they are passionate and have ideas about what is required to be done”.
On the allegation by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party that the APC was on a witch-hunt of its members, the national chairman pointed out that the operation of the Department of State Services at the residence of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), was based on the office he held as a public officer.
While stating that APC was concerned with meeting the expectations of Nigerians, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun urged the opposition party to “put itself together”.
“We don’t have time for the PDP yet. We are busy now to put our government on the ground and start expanding to the yearnings of the Nigerian people.
“PDP has not put itself together yet. They are no source of concern to anybody. Dasuki was a public officer. He was not a PDP member”, he added.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
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Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
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