The newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has been advised to avoid acts that are capable of labelling it as serving special interests.
A chieftain of the party and the earliest presidential aspirant on the party’s platform, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, who gave the advice in a congratulatory letter to Oyegun yesterday, also urged the party leadership to shun favouritism, cronyism, corruption and temptation which he said are what are negatively affecting the fortunes of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, the APC NEC must not only be transparent and fair to all parties in its dealings, it must be seen to be transparent and fair to all, upholding its founding principles and the party constitution at all times and that “it must not only claim to be different; it must earn its stripes by the independence, boldness and integrity of its actions.”
He also enjoined the party leadership to stick to their long history of hard work, service delivery and a deep commitment to progressives’ ideals for which they are known.
In his views, going by the “callous misrule of the PDP over 15 years” and the deep desire for change across the country, the APC could not have a made a better choice than the person of Oyegun, noting that his emergence as the party’s chairman is both a challenge and an opportunity.
“It is a challenge because those who voted for the NEC under your leadership and millions of our party members want change; they hope that you and your team can bring about this.
“It is an opportunity because Nigerians across party lines are fed up with an incompetent and clueless government; they hope our party will be the alternative platform. We can offer and, more important, put into action, forward-thinking policies that are pillars of a truly effective government under your leadership,” he said.
The Leadership Newspaper publisher-turned politician who has been critical of the policies of successive administrations, expressed optimism that the APC can turn around the current tide of hopelessness in the country and opportunity, stressing that “we can take our country back from the grip of joblessness, corruption and mindless violence.”