Press Statement: A new party is born! Congratulations Nigeria – APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Nigerians on the
emergence of the new party, saying with the birth of APC, Nigerians now
have an alternative to a ruling party that has taken the people for a
bad ride in the past 14 years.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed
In a statement issued by its interim
National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Lagos on
Wednesday, APC said its emergence is a victory for Nigeria and for
democracy, and that it has now also propelled the country to the league
of top democratic nations with two major political parties.
journey has been long and tortuous. All sorts of obstacles were thrown
into our path by anti-democratic forces, but we were painstaking,
determined and unrelenting in our quest for a formidable platform that
will allow our country, Nigeria, to achieve her full potentials and join
the league of respectable nations.
”With the approval of our merger by INEC and the emergence of APC, today
marks the beginning of a new dawn for our country and her
long-suffering people. We thank Nigerians both here and in the Diaspora
for standing by us. We thank the media for their fairness, and we
commend INEC for doing the right thing and for not succumbing to
pressures from phantom political associations that sought to force it to
circumvent the law.
”We promise not to disappoint Nigerians who
have reposed much confidence in us. We say that contrary to the lies
being peddled by the naysayers, we are not seeking political power for
the sake of getting it, but in order to use it to empower our people and
allow their long-nursed hopes and dreams to become a reality. ”And
to those who have vowed to change their names if APC survives for a
year, we hope they will live up to their words,” it said.
Nigerians can now look forward to a truly democratic party in the best
traditions of what the world considers as the best form of government.
The party promised to unveil, in the days ahead, its membership
registration plans to give all Nigerians, especially those who have
become disenchanted with the way things are going in the country, the
much-awaited opportunity to be part of the country’s democratic process
in the true sense of the word.
”We will also be unveiling our plans
to turn today’s hopelessness into a time of great opportunities, to
reverse the downward slide in our socio-economic development, and to
ensure that every Nigerian benefits from the commonwealth, instead of
the present situation in which a few fat cats are milking the system dry
at the expense of the citizenry,” APC said.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed Interim National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC).