Adams Oshiomhole, the former NLC leader and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the 24 Governors elected under the platform of the party, stayed away from the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Campaign Council, simply because “they are Governors”.
Asked why the Governors were absent, Oshiomhole said: “Because they are Governors, they are governing their States.
“Do not forget that elections are not defined in Abuja, it will take place in the 36 States, and I am sure there are APC members who are campaigning for the House of Assembly, various Federal House and Senate constituencies, Governorship Constituencies.
“So, it will not be helpful to bring them to Abuja. Here, it is about policies, it will be consummated and translated to practice across the 36 States, 774 Local Governments and Wards”, he said.
Oshiomhole added that, Thursday’s meeting was convened to discuss the activities and calendar of campaigns, capturing various interest groups within the country.
The APC Chairman, disclosed that Buhari’s Constituency is “the whole country”, and “he will have to visit each of the 36 States with appropriate messages”.
“You know in the country today , given the challenges of survival, people tend to forget where we are coming from.
“There is a saying that except you know and remember where you are coming from, you cannot appreciate where you are.
Even in the life of a man, those who look at those in their front will never thank God enough, but when you look at your back and see those behind, then you will appreciate that you have made a lot of progress”, he said.
He stressed that the APC needs to constantly remind Nigerians of what happened in the last 16 years, and what has changed over the past three and half years, even more what will happen over the next four years, if given the mandate to continue.
“You know that the business of construction is even much more challenging, than when you are building a complete new house.
“So when you are saddled with the responsibility of repositioning an economy that has been so battered, even in the face of surplus budgeting, the government was borrowing money.”
“If you look at budget of 5, 10 years ago, you will find that almost the entire earnings of the government went into the current expenditure, which is why this government with lower revenue is spending more on infrastructure.”
Oshiomhole said that the APC has “enough message” for Nigerians, but are facing the challenge of communication, due to the varying degrees of literacy.
“And in this business of ‘one man one vote’, whether you are a Professor of Economics, or a stark illiterate, the vote is the same”, he said.
“So the challenges in terms of messages, is how we make sure that Mr. President’s Constituency, which is those that are economically and socially deprived, the masses of our people, the one you call ‘talakas’, that we assist them to recognize where we are coming from, and the fact that for once, we have a President that nobody can call a thief.”