As Nigerians join the rest of the world to usher in the new year, the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has assured Nigerians that better manifestation of all efforts being put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari to restore Nigeria to the path of greatness and advancement would be felt in 2018 such that the worst cynic of the APC administration would have little or nothing to capitalize on.
This is just as the party expressed confidence in the quality of governorship aspirants that have shown interest in the 2019 election.
In a statement personally signed by its State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, the governing party predicted that more comfort and happiness would come the way of the citizenry in view of the fact that the party at all levels had done much to change the status of the Nigerian society from that of hopelessness and vulnerability to that of hopefulness, abundance and stability.
“The less than three years that the APC has been in the saddle have been so challenging but there are strong indications that God Almighty, who caused the Change to happen in 2015, would not abandon the country as we make steady progress in the areas of improved security, economic recovery, food sufficiency and political stability. Therefore, most Nigerians are aware of the difference made so far and they are ready to encourage the APC to consolidate on these achievements.
“In Oyo State, we salute the courage of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi for remaining steadfast and resolute on his mission to restore, reform and transform the Pacesetter State despite the daunting challenges of paucity of funds. We have seen how the has been able to offset the backlog of arrears of salaries when most states in the country are still battling with the problems while the vision to improve social infrastructure has not suffered any abandonment.
“More importantly, we would like to applaud leaders, elders and members of our great party for their patience, resilience and loyalty over the years while we also wish them a prosperous new year. It is our sincere prayer that each member would derive maximum benefits from their patriotism and contribution to the development of the APC. Events in recent time have indicated that APC is a party one can be proud of and we urge members to keep the flag flying.” Oke stated.
Meanwhile, the APC has given kudos to all its elected representatives and other political office holders, particularly “those who have never distanced themselves from the party as well as the people that elected or supported them” saying the APC always appreciates its good ambassadors at any given time while stressing that the few who have performed below expectations should raise their game as the 2019 would be more competitive.
“Apart from the governor who has performed creditably, we also have many federal lawmakers and state Assemblymen who have done well to provide dividends of democracy to the people and at the same time assist the cause of democracy and good governance. However, we can assure that only the best would emerge as the party’s standard bearers at all levels in 2019 general election.
“On the 2019 governoship ticket, we are delighted with the quality of aspirants who have so far indicated their intention by visiting the state Secretariat while we charge them to maintain decency and decorum in their subtle mobilization efforts ahead of INEC and party guidelines. All the aspirants are guaranteed a level playing ground as the party would not disappoint the masses by presenting the best among the pack when the time comes.
“Lastly, we appreciate the decision of many notable political players in the state who recently pitched their tent with the APC as we encourage them to see themselves as having equal stakes as others who have been in the party before them. We assure all of them of fair treatment as the party is always ready to reward hard work, commitment and loyalty.” Oke added.