Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Is this the change Nigerians were asking for?– Okorocha sends powerful messageYesterday

– Governor Rochas Okorocha visited Senator
Bukola Saraki
– The governor lamented that the APC has
not lived up to expectation
– He called on the party to deliver on its
Governor Rochas Okorocha has expressed
concern over the performance of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) since it came
into power more than a year ago.
The Punch reports that the chairman of the
APC governors’ forum raised this concern
when he visited the Senate president, Dr.
Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, November 2.
He also expressed regrets over what he
described as the “cold relationship” between
the executive arm of government, the
National Assembly and the ruling party.
He said: “This is the very first time I am
coming to your office and I am here because
I am concerned. I am here because I am a
stakeholder. I am here as the Chairman of
the Progressives Governors’ Forum — your
friends and colleagues in the struggle.
“Mr. Senate President, leaders of this great
Senate, you may recall a few years ago that
we were all in the trenches, in battle, asking
for change in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
I recall vividly the role most of you played in
that very struggle. We became a government
when no one gave us a chance to be so. And
shortly, Nigerians believed in us and
entrusted us with the responsibility of leading
this nation.
“But one year and several months after, we
have not been able to manage this God-
given victory very well and it is very
worrisome, Mr. Senate President. That
Nigerians expect so much from us but yet we
seem to be in crisis within ourselves.
“Not crisis made by the opposition parties
but crisis created by ourselves for ourselves
and which has kept us in totally difficult
position that we are not making the headway
we need to make as a party.
“One wonders then what went wrong. Where
did we get it wrong? And after these troubles
and after the much hope we have given to
Nigerians, we still cannot work together as a
party, as a family. And I noticed particularly
that there is so much bitterness in the
system — from the party, from the legislature,
from the executive, from the governors — and
it seems to me like there is no more platform
for us to chant those old songs, which we
used to sing in the days of struggle for
“One wonders, was this what we were asking
for or was this the change we were asking
for? I think Nigerians expect so much from
us and at the end of it all.”
Saraki in his response assured the Imo
governor that had raised vital issues that the
National Assembly caucus of the APC would
look into and promised that the party will
deliver on its promises.

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