THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks to turn around Nigeria’s economy. Hilliard Etta, national vice chairman, South-South Zone of the party, made the appeal on Friday, May 6, in Calabar at a retreat organised by the state chapter of the party.
He noted that many Nigerians, including some APC members, were becoming apprehensive about the change agenda of the present administration due to the delay in the 2016 budget. “But I urge APC members and Nigerians at large to be patient as the change is in progress,” he said.
Etta said the 2016 budget as signed by the President was very important for the people of Cross River State because of the inclusion of Lagos-Calabar rail line and Calabar-Itu road projects.
Speaking, Odey Ochicha, the governorship candidate of the party in 2015 general election called for unity among party members in the state. Ochicha stressed the need for the party to forge a common front and unite to take over the reign of governorship in the state in 2019.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is success; and working together is progress. Consequently, for our dear state to progress, we must work in unity, cooperation, collaboration and partnership,” he said.
Ochicha blamed the party’s loss of 2015 election in the state on lack of unity among party faithful, adding that it is time both the old and new members came together and build a strong APC.
In his speech, John Ochala, acting state chairman of the APC, said the party was working towards taking over from the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the state in 2019. Ochala remarked that the PDP had out lived its usefulness in Cross River State and needed to be shown the way out in 2019.
— May 16, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT