By Ismail Abdulaziz
President Bola Tinubu has urged the leadership of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), especially the elected officials, to be steadfastly committed to good governance.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Thursday in Abuja.
The president gave the charge during the 12th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the APC in Abuja where former governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and Sen. Basiru Ajibola as National Chairman and National Secretary.
Tinubu said that this would re-engineer the economic and political landscape of the nation towards addressing the needs of the poor in the country.
The president also pledged that the current administration would continue to ensure that all government programmes benefit and uplift the masses of the country.
Tinubu, who addressed the NEC meeting for the first time since his election victory in February, emphasized that winning the election is just the beginning of a longer progressive journey.
He said that responsive and accountable governance was a separate challenge that requires continuous efforts.
“We are in the process of establishing fully a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. It is in my time that the subsidy has been removed, and it is now upon us to satisfy the yearnings of the poor in a larger, restructured economy,” Tinubu said.
He urged party members to promote unity, stability, and camaraderie forged in common purpose among themselves, reiterating that nurturing the party should start from the grassroots level.
The president said his administration was poised to build international trade partnerships across sectors that would benefit, not just the national coffers, but the wallets and accounts of the Nigerian people.
On the general acceptance of the outcome of the presidential election, the President defended the legitimacy of the election and echoed his earlier position that those who do not accept the outcome of a free and fair election do not deserve the joy of victory.
”We have worked hard, and we have received the trophy. Winning an election is the first part of the process. What is next is good governance and quality service delivery. We must promote unity, peace, and love among all organs of the party.
”You are the makers and drivers of the party. When we have all passengers inside the bus, the driver must not fall asleep. The brake must also work well. Party loyalty must exist,” he said.
On the main agenda of the NEC meeting, which appointed new External Auditors and filled the vacant offices of National Chairman and National Secretary, the President urged the NEC to devolve some of its powers to the National Working Committee (NWC) to fill other vacancies in the party.
This request was sequel to a motion moved by Senate President Godswill Akpabio and seconded by Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).
The president had noted that during the last NEC meeting of April 20, 2022, the NEC of the party had ceded some of its powers to the NWC for the smooth party operations and he thanked them for effectively utilizing that mandate.
In his welcome address, the Acting National Chairman, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, said that the ruling party was conscious of the new challenges facing it as the majority party at the sub-national level and in the National Assembly.
Paying tribute to the founding members of the party, Kyari said the party had achieved significant milestones that have made a positive impact on Nigerians since its establishment 10 years ago.
He congratulated the president, the Vice President and all elected party members on their election victory, describing the recent election of the Nigerian leader to the ECOWAS Chairmanship as a foreign policy triumph for Nigeria.
‘‘The nation is happy with you for your bold and courageous decisions,’’ he told the President, adding that the policies the administration has pursued in the last two months have laid a solid foundation for the growth and development of Nigeria.
He promised that the party would continue to stand with President Tinubu, “no matter the complexities of the challenges ahead.”(NAN)