Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken responsibility for some of the problems confronting it, adding that some of the initial steps taken by the party created some problems.
The declaration was made on Wednesday, when Senate President, Bukola Saraki, met with the National Working Committee NWC of APC, 18 months after his controversial inauguration as President of the Senate.
In APC Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun’s words:
“Unfortunately, it is clear that there were first steps since we came into office which created problems and the very nature itself of the amalgamating parties, created its own issues all of which has tended, up till now, affected the mode of operations and the level of interactions between the various arms of government and the party.
“So, we have a unique, God-given opportunity to take a look at ourselves, take a look at the National Assembly, look at the party and look at the way we all interact among ourselves and the governed and it is my hope that this will be the very best of this high-level interaction.
“We will at the very end of it all, present to the Nigerian public, a government, a party and a National Assembly that are working all in the same direction.
“The economy is tough, as a result, people are going through hard times and it is certainly not acceptable. The people who are looking up to us, want to find us concentrated, determined, focused on programmes that will ameliorate not just the economy but the condition of living of the ordinary Nigerian.”
Following the June 9, 2015 inauguration of the National Assembly in which the party’s choices for the assembly leadership could not scale through, there has been no love-lost between the party and the presidency on one hand and the assembly leadership on the other.
The party commended the senate and the entire National Assembly for the way they have worked so far with the Executive, while concluding that it must work closely together to address some of the glitches that still exist, the relationship between the National Assembly and the executive.
They added that the process of resolving outstanding issues have begun, accepted that things have gone wrong and are determined to right those wrongs.
Oyegun was optimistic that after the meeting, the public will begin to see a new party, National Assembly and a focused governance of the people.