The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will soon convene a conference of stakeholders before the start of campaigns for the next general election.
The party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, dropped the hint on Tuesday during a meeting with a group, the APC Professionals Forum.
Former Bauchi State Governor Mallam Isa Yuguda led his team on a visit to the party’s national working committee.
The APC national chairman said the conference was necessary to allow party leaders to have a frank discussion about the party manifesto, the state of the nation and development within the party.
He said, “We plan to organize a national conference where all major stakeholders will have a forum to discuss. We want to hold a conference of stakeholders where we can reflect: look at what is happening in the country, what is happening in the party and also look at the manifestos that we present to the people to get elected.
“We want to get started on this track; we want to do it by October, when the campaign is launched. Once we have that, your group will also be invited to come and maximize the benefits. »
The APC national president further thanked the former aviation minister for his group’s initiative to sell the party’s manifesto to the electorate, especially the grassroots.
Senator Adamu, who noted that there is a great disconnect between ordinary Nigerians and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed concern that the positive agendas of the current administration were not being presented to the public. Nigerians.
“One thing we want you to pay attention to is how you can help the activity of the party at the grassroots. It’s very critical. It’s run by those who are uneducated, so the leadership at this level is very vulnerable.
“We need to embrace the culture of informed, knowledge-driven membership. We don’t all have to be graduates or have degrees, but an enlightened mind is an open mind.
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“It’s important in the effort to get people to appreciate who we are as a party, how we can be appreciated as a party. We are unfortunate that this government’s efforts don’t reach the grassroots in terms of positive publicity for what this government is doing.
“All those who want to talk want to say is the negative aspect of this government. We know that all over the world the opposition is seen as the underdog and so there is apparent sympathy for them. I have nothing against that.
“Go sympathize with them but call a spade a spade. Don’t give a dog a bad name for hanging it. “That’s what we live for. Not all the good things that have happened in this administration have received the kind of publicity they deserve. Look at the social programs this government has for teachers, for farmers, for market women. The school feeding program.
“These are essential programs that have not been undertaken by the PDP in the 16 years they have been in government. We do it, but no one is praising the government for it. All we get are reviews. If we engage in positive reporting about what is happening, the electorate will see the difference. They will want what is the truth.
In his speech, Mallam Yuguda said his group’s objective would be mobilization for the ruling party.
“One of our missions is to provide support to the party in terms of awareness because most of these associations are unfamiliar with the party’s capacity and we have visited a lot of professional bodies, stressing to them the importance of partisan politics, also emphasizing to them the importance of partnering with us so that we can contribute our quotas as professionals to party activities.
“What we need in this country is good governance, and if professionals are sidelined and not accommodated to hear their views, I believe what we will continue to have, this is called motionless motion.
“It is important that we, as a professional arm of APC, are encouraged to play the role that we are supposed to play, especially before the formation of the government, there is a need for input from all professionals because everything that affects the economy, the economy depends on institutions and these institutions house all kinds of professionals.
“I believe they know the problem which is related to their own sectors and if we are able to provide some information, it will be very useful data for decision-making at the highest level.
“Also regarding party campaigns, this forum will play a very important role because they have members and the members are respected, and if we get to know the program and the manifestos, the only people who can deliver it very well and professionally are the professionals.
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