Following the letter by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it remains the best option for Nigeria.
Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s National Publicity Secretary made this known in a statement in Abuja, adding that the party is genuinely committed to the country’s progress and development.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter titled: The Way out: a clarion call for the coalition for Nigeria movement´´. He alleged that the APC-led federal government had failed to live up to the expectations of Nigerians and he advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest the presidency in 2019.
Abdullahi said ”We acknowledge our challenges as a new political party, even as we believe that APC remains the best option at this time for all Nigerians who are genuinely committed to the country’s progress and development’’. ´´”While we do not agree with everything the former president said, especially on his assessment of the government and our party we note the sundry issues raised by the former President, and we assume these were made in good faith,´´
He disclosed ‘’as a father of the nation, the APC understood that the former president would feel obliged to intervene if certain things were not being done or are not being done in a particular way. He stated that the APC believed such interventions should be for the sole purpose of improving the system.
He added that such interventions should also be for encouraging the relevant institutions to work harder in improving certain situations in the interest of all.
Abdullahi stressed that it was for this reason that the party disagreed with the former president “in what appears like a wholesale dismissal of the entire political system in the country´´”.
He maintained that the task of building a political party was not done overnight, adding that the oldest political parties in Nigeria, were still very young in comparison with those in advanced democracies. He called on APC supporters across the country to remain strong and steadfast, saying that these were challenging times.