APC National Chairman tasks Governors on adherence to manifesto

By Aanya Igomu-Olagunju, Abuja

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The National Leadership of the governing party in Nigeria the All Progressives Congress, APC has charged the party’s governors to adhere to the APC Manifesto as much as possible in governing their states.

The APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu gave the charge at the first meeting he and the National Working Committee held with the party’s governors after their inauguration on May 29.

At the meeting it was announced that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State emerged as the consensus Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, otherwise known as the Progressives Governors Forum.

Speaking to the Governors, the APC National Chairman promised the party’s support in delivering good governance to the people adding that the governors are responsible for whatever actions they take.

For us, anything that we will want to say to you is adherence to the manifesto as much as you can. We have a general framework for the governance of the country and you represent those who fly the flag of the party and it is expected that whatever you do, you will have in mind the manifesto that the party gives the country.

“You as the Chief Executive Officers of the states must key into this manifesto but there are peculiarities, there are priorities you must have set and you are bound to do as much as you can to meet the expectations of those who voted for us.

“Fortunately, you are lucky to have a president who will listen to you. He has come with the same urge, the same desire to deliver. So, you are lucky. But whatever you do, do not forget that you will bear your cross. You will bear your cross. We will not as a party stand in your way for a good programme. If someone does so, please draw our attention so that we will stop it” Adamu said.

Senator Adamu further appreciated the governors for taking the initiative to select a Chairman to head their forum.

Addressing the gathering on behalf of his colleagues, Governor Hope Uzodinma promised that the governors will cooperate and work seamlessly with the party.

I want to assure you that the APC governors understand very clearly that the government each of us are presiding over belongs to the party and we know both at the federal and sub-national level, the government belongs to APC, it is APC-led government.

“Under my watch, we will be very close to the party. The purpose of the forum is to have impetus to the activities of the party and the government. We are only going to act as salesmen that will market the policies and programmes of government.

“Arising from the manifesto promised to the people before the election, I can assure that you have a team and working together with the kind of men I have seen as Progressives Governors members, I think we have gotten all it would take to ensure that policies of our government were fully market” Uzodinma said.

The governors in attendance were Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abduallahi Sule of Nasarawa, Mohammed Bago of Niger state, Uba Sani of Kaduna, Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, Nasir Idris of Kebbi and Dapo Abiodum of Ogun state.

Presently the APC controls 20 out of 36 states in Nigeria.




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