The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, has, during a chat with newsmen, urged Nigerians to have faith in President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration. He tells Nigerians to give the president time to implement his campaign promises.
Mr. Nwodo who was also a former governor of Enugu State, said in Umuahia, that the president needed time to formulate policies and execute programmes that will help tackle the socio-economic challenges currently plaguing the nation.
Dishing out his reasons why Nigerians must support the incumbent president, Mr. Nwodo said:
“The president came in with tremendous goodwill. It’s not easy in the Third World for an opposition party to defeat a sitting government. So, for Buhari to have done that shows the measure of goodwill he came to office with”.
Speaking about his party, the ex chairman said: “I believe that what he promised our people was something that was timely; I’m of the PDP but that government had reached a point of impunity”
He described the party as one full of corrupt practices and needs sanitation. “The level of impunity is being shown by the investigations that are going on indicating that we needed somebody who promised us that he was going to fight corruption and to bring sanity to government expenditure” He said.
Talking more on the corrupt practices of his political party, Mr. Nwodo said:
‘’I’m one of those who believe that no Nigerian should go to bed hungry and that this country has enough resources to feed us and to provide enabling environment to achieve our God-given talent.’But when government’s resources are so plundered as they have been done by other administrations, you can see that the waste in governance has made it impossible for Nigerians to reach their manifest potential.
‘’So when a president is coming on board and promises that he is going to fight corruption and people voted, so these are the two big credentials that the president came on-board with.
Speaking on the need for all Nigerians to be patient with the Buhari government, he said all promises made by APC through its presidential candidate, can be achieved though not in a rush as Nigerians expect it.
‘’They are not things that can be achieved overnight. The problem is that we have suffered so long that Nigerians have become impatient.
‘’They want to be removed from the fire they are in today by tomorrow but government doesn’t work like that. But when government’s resources are so plundered as they have been done by other administrations, you can see that the waste in governance has made it impossible for Nigerians to reach their manifest potential.
So when a president is coming on board and promises that he is going to fight corruption and people voted, so these are the two big credentials that the president came on-board with.
…I believe he has brought in a solid team of ministers to help him and this is the time the work now starts. Let’s pray for him, let’s wish him the best and hope that he will be able to fulfill those promises he made to us.
Meanwhile, speaking on the need for the government to implement the report of the National Conference, Mr. Nwodo says it will help reduce social tension in the country. He said that the report of the conference, if implemented, would enthrone and strengthen true federalism in the country.
According to him, true federalism would give room for competitiveness and self-reliance among the federating units, adding that under the defunct regional system, the regions and the country fared better. Mr Nwodo added that the sharing of monthly allocation from oil revenue had discouraged the states from harnessing other natural endowments.
The ex chairman who was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia on Saturday December 12, 2015, further urged state chief executives to within each state, think of how to generate and enhance their revenue internally. The country, he said, would continue to experience scarcity of petrol as long as it relied on importation to meet local consumption.