Bolaji Abdullahi

• Says APC remains resolute in progressive ideology

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Chairman, Governing Board of the National Sugar Development Council and National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, yesterday stated that the newly-inaugurated boards will not take over the running of federal government agencies and parastatals, but would deploy their political skill to help agencies and parastatals navigate political difficulties encountered in the course of delivering their respective mandates.

Abdullahi made the disclosure when speaking on behalf of the newly-inaugurated board chairpersons and members of parastatals and agencies under the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment at their inauguration ceremony in Abuja.

The APC National Working Committee (NWC) members inaugurated yesterday by the Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelameh, included the Deputy National Chairman (South), ESegun Oni (Nigeria Export Processing Zone), and National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, (National Automotive Design and Development Centre).

According to him, “We understand our role; we are not going into these agencies and parastatals to take over the running of the agencies. We are not the executive directors. But we are bringing in our political skill to help these agencies navigate the difficulties they will have in the political environment and we will use this to help Enelameh deliver on his mandate.”

While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for the assignment, Abdullahi said the appointment has brought about a sense of belonging among APC members who worked hard for the party’s victory during the 2015 general election.

He said the calibre of board members was a testament to the progressive ideology of the APC.

The APC National Publicity Secretary refuted the view propagated by the opposition that that the party won the 2015 elections through propaganda, saying the APC remains resolute in its belief that through progressive ideology, the party will bring about change in Nigeria.

He said: “In 2015, we fought for election. I hear Nigerians say ‘Oh! APC deceived us with propaganda’. We did not deceive anybody with propaganda. We believe that we could actually use progressive ideology to bring about change in Nigeria and in the last three and half years, we have done nothing in spite of difficulties than to try to advance the boundaries of this agenda.

“We want to express the appreciation of all the chairmen and members of the board to President Buhari, who has made everyone very proud today. For close to three years, wherever I have gone, I see party members sneaking around almost ashamed to call themselves members of the APC because the people we fought so hard to remove from power, many of them are still sitting pretty in their positions and many members who worked hard for the party are still hanging around and didn’t have a sense of belonging.’’

The APC chieftain added that at the penultimate APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, President Buhari promised that the board appointments would be made and all the boards would be inaugurated before March 9, saying today, that promise had been kept.

He continued: “You can look around the room today and see amazing ladies and gentlemen with rich pedigree and experience. When I was in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), when you call this kind of inauguration in the past, I know the calibre of people that would grace it. But look around you today, we have senators, former governors and former ministers with rich pedigree, experience and competences. That is in line with the commitment and the ideology of our party.”