Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, has said many politicians left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led federal government after 16 years in power because of their strong belief that Nigeria and Nigerians needed a better alternative.
He said the APC is not just a political party but the symbol of the faith of Nigerians and a political expression of the conviction of the Nigerian people that Nigeria could be made to work for the majority of the people.
Abe, who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital during the inauguration of his liaison office christened â€˜Freedom Houseâ€™, urged APC members to make whatever sacrifices that are necessary to reflect this idea and the desire of the Nigerian people, not just to do things differently, but to do things better.
He said: â€œI want to remind us all that we turned our back on the PDP government because after 16 years, we all agreed that Nigeria and Nigerians could do better. That is why Nigerians demanded an alternative.
â€œThe APC is not just a political party; it is the symbol of the faith of Nigerians. It is the political expression of the conviction of the Nigerian people that Nigeria can be made to work for the majority of the people.
â€œTherefore, as members of the APC, we must do whatever we can, and we must make whatever sacrifices that are necessary to reflect this idea and the desire of the Nigerian people, not just to do things differently, but to do things better.
â€œThe idea of the APC was to ensure that the old ways do not continue. Our slogan of change captivated this country, and President Muhammadu Buhari was the symbol of that hunger for change. Change is always difficult and those who genuinely desire change must be prepared to fight for it.â€
Abecalled on the people to have faith in the government of Buhari, insisting that it remains the best option for the country.
According to him, â€œThe only political vehicle in our country that is committed to the ideal of a better future for all Nigerians is the APC, and the only leader in this country today that has staked his reputation and his commitment to change is President Buhari.
â€œNo matter the challenges, I call on Nigerians to rally behind the president and join the APC to fight for the change that we desire. We are the ones who can make it happen.
â€œThose who are running helter-skelter either to go back to the vehicles of the past that all Nigerians saw clearly as incapable of leading us to progress and prosperity are missing the point. Those that are scrambling around for a new vehicle are equally missing the point.
â€œBy their actions they have shown Nigerians that they have neither the faith nor the resilience to lead this country to success. Whatever new vehicle they produce now would still be a human vehicle. It would still have human challenges and may face the same storms that the APC is facing today. If that happens tomorrow, what will they do? Will they jump off again and begin to search for another vehicle?â€
He said those who genuinely wished the success of the country would stick with the APC.
Abe added: Â â€œThose who genuinely want this country to succeed must stay in the APC, they must join the APC, they must come together and let us work together, fight together to change Nigeria and make it work. Every other effort in any other direction is wasted effort.
â€œWe gave the PDP 16 uninterrupted years before we agreed that no redemption was possible. In three years, the APC government has shown great promise. Yes, there are challenges, but there are also verifiable achievements which Nigerians can be proud of.â€
The governorship hopeful further said: â€œNigeria is going through a time of great challenges and also a time of great opportunities. The challenges are there but the opportunities will open up to those who can find the courage and conviction to take advantage of the present climate of change in our country
â€œWe need to consolidate on the foundations that this APC government has laid for the development of dear our country. The opposition has already embarked on orchestrated smear campaign against the federal government.
â€œIf you listen to the opposition version of Nigeria, you will get the impression that nothing positive has been achieved in this country under this government and that life under PDP was like Eldorado.â€