APC explains necessity of President Buhari’s trips

Aanya Igomu, Abuja

President Buhari with APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun

Nigeria’s economic problems can only be solved with the assistance of the international community.

This was the opinion of the National Chairman of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. John Oyegun while speaking to journalists at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr. Oyegun was trying to explain the need for President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips.

“A lot of our problems have international connotations. A group of the world is fighting to have the most highly industrialized. China wants cheap oil because it’s a manufacturing hub, India wants cheap oil and a lot of other countries want cheap oil, which of course is contrary to our own interest because we want good prices for oil so that we can carry on with our own national development plans. So that is only the tip of the iceberg of what Mr. president is doing, trying to talk to those who have an impact in rearranging  the international economic realities to change some of the current dynamics that are making oil collapse in such a precipitate manner.

We cannot totally on our own solve our problems, the world is a global village, everybody now knows that,  everybody trumpets it and since we are in a bit of a bind now, thanks to forces not totally within our control, we must talk to others, who would have a role to play in helping you out of your present issues and problem, Oyegun explained.

President Buhari has made a number of foreign trips since assuming office in May 2015 and this has raised questions as to the importance of the trips.

Mr. Oyegun also explained the plans the APC has set in place, to fulfil some of its campaign promises at both the federal and state levels.

“These are going to be Federal Programmes, they have been actively worked upon, but they are going to be implemented without doubt with the active participation of the state governments who would also have to put in something in the process in terms of resources. These programmes are real and not only real, we have the support of UN and various agencies like the foundation of Bill Gate are all going to participate”.

Party issues

On Wednesday this week, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, held a meeting with top leaders of the APC such as Bola Tinubu; a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Nigeria’s Senate President,Bukola Saraki and Chief John Oyegun. There was no specific information given to the public as to the purpose for the meeting which gave rise to speculations.

Chief Oyegun explained that the meeting was of high national importance and more information would be given in good time.

“Like I said there are serious issues of national importance and that group is one of the most select in the party. It is a group that brings all aspects of government and party at the highest level together so you can guess the kind of things that they we will be addressing. When eventually some of the issues reach the stage that we have answers, we do not want to call the press and say look, we have these questions and we are trying to work out answers. We’ll work on the answers and at the proper time the appropriate person will brief the press”.

On issues of the APC as a party, such as the absence of a properly constituted Board of Trustees, BOT, after over two years of existence as a party, and the replacement of some national officers, Chief Oyegun said such issues had already been addressed.

“The Board of Trustees will be meeting on the 22nd of March the day before the national caucus will be meeting and the NEC (National Executive Committee) of the party will be meeting on the 24th.

The constitution provides the methodology for replacing officers and we have to have congresses all over in the interim to fill these vacancies and the issue that he raised about since Lai Mohammed left, you can understand the problems of replacing a man of the performance level of Lai Mohammed. So we are still looking”.