We Are Not Broke-APC
We Are Not Broke-APC
By Chris Suleiman, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed and unethically twisted and misrepresented comments by the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
It would be recalled that the National Chairman addressed journalists on Monday where he talked about party funding during an interactive session with journalists at the APC headquarters in Abuja.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said “There has been this talk in the media but that goes to tell you that just like the economy, the party too is suffering from the stresses and strains of funding just like every institution in our polity. That also goes to tell you that we are not a party that withdraws money from security votes or from any government agency.
“We are working on plans to raise money from within the memberships. That plan has matured and will soon put it into operation. I saw reports that we have written to the president to rescue the party. That is not part of his national duties and he has no intention because there are no funds from which he can draw from.
“The party has to come up with fresh and innovative ways as to how to raise resources for its operations and that, we have done. The plan is ready and will go into operation in the next one month or two.”
Meanwhile,the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Tuesday called on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru to give priority to the completion of the East-West Road project in the Niger Delta region.
Odigie-Oyegun made the call when he received in audience the minister on a courtesy visit to the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The APC National Chairman decried that despite huge funds sunk into the East-West Road by successive administrations since 2006, the 338km dual carriage road, which traverses towns in Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta States remains uncompleted.
He said: “You have one of the most challenging and strategic assignment as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. The Niger Delta is an area that had been steeped in unrest. You must ensure that the unrest does not arise again.
“You have the East-West Road which is a major challenge. It will be a significant achievement for this administration if the project is completed. The project will go a long way in assuring the region that this government is working in their interest”
The contract for the construction of the East-West Road was first awarded in 2006. The road was initially divided into four sections, but late 2014, a fifth section was added to it, covering Oron to Calabar in Cross River State.
Meanwhile, Odigie-Oyegun disclosed that the APC was planning a three-day policy dialogue tentatively scheduled for March 2016 which will bring together party leaders, government and relevant stakeholders to exchange ideas and profer solutions to guide the country out of the challenges facing the country, particular the economy.
Responding, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru said the ministry under his watch was poised to contribute to the achievement of the party’s Change Agenda for the country and also bringing sustainable development to the Niger Delta area.
The minister promised to give priority to the completion of the East-West road.