Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Nigerians can fire APC if we fail – Oyegun | APC will exist for 200 years – Buhari’s aide

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the party is aware that Nigerians can vote it out of power.

Oyegun said this at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, where he was presented with the book ‘APC: The Making of a Change Agent’.

The book was written by Okoi Obono-Obla, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution.

“We encourage all those who participated intimately to document their record of what they think happened,” he said.

“Historians will then later take these slightly different versions considering the perspectives were you were standing to watch the show. And we will eventually have a comprehensive rendition of what happened.

“It was the first time a merger of that type had succeeded. It is the first time people had the intense nationalism to make the degree of sacrifice that was called for in agreeing to a merger. We had three party chairmen and a lot of other individuals.

“We created a machine that has started a significant move in entrenching democracy in this country. What is democracy? It is the ability to hire and fire. It was the first time that Nigerians had the ability of firing and it has become internalised in our political psyche. We know that we should not make the mistakes of the PDP. We too now know that we can be fired and that is democracy.”  

Meanwhile, Obono-Obla, after presenting his book to Oyegun, said APC will exist for 200 years.

He said the party has done well and will continue to remain in power.

“I said in the next 200 years, APC will be alive. Yes, why not? Because we have done very well and we are going to remain in power as long as long as we continue to do well, we believe Nigerian people will always vote for us,” he said.

He also defended the invasion of the office of The Sun publishing limited by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Okoi Obono-Obla
“EFCC has not gone after the media. What happened is that The Sun Newspaper was under an order of interim forfeiture, so they went there to look at the property is not taken away and not depreciated, and nothing is wrong with that,” he said.

“They didn’t go there because the Sun published a news story that is considered against EFCC or government, they went there to do their work as part of their mandate to fight financial crimes, and you know that the media house is owned by a former governor who is under trial, as we are talking now, he is under trial and if you are under investigation, EFCC has the power to go to court and get an order of  interim forfeiture pending the hearing of the case against you.”

Vincent Ogbulafor, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had said the PDP  would rule Nigeria for 60 years.

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