Okorocha to Nigerians: Judge us when our mandate expires

The Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has asked Nigerians to have faith in the APC led administration.

Okorocha vowed that leaders of the APC would not fail Nigerians and therefore pleaded for more time for them to redeem the promises they made.

He stated this in his speech during the Federal Government and PGF parley on Policy Synergy, held in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

He said the APC should not be judged by what was going on in the polity, saying when they came to power in 2015, Nigeria was already battling with an ailing economy, insecurity, corruption and other challenges.

The Imo State governor said it was gratifying that within two years, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had restored some sanity in the system.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians not to judge us from the past sins; we have only been in the mantle of leadership of this great country for two years. You should judge us when the mandate entrusted to us expired,” he said.

He assured Nigerians that before the expiration of their tenure, APC leaders would meet the expectations of Nigerians.

“Our party has the best governors ever produced in the history of this country- from Sokoto to Adamawa, Kebbi, Lagos, Imo, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Lagos and others. When you visit any of our states, you will know that Nigerians did not make mistake electing us to direct their affairs,” he said.

He bemoaned agitation by people from some sections of the country, who were calling for secession.

“We are one united country and Nigeria will always remain indivisible; we don’t know who is Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo. Our determination is to stamp out hunger and bring democratic dividend to the citizens,” he said.

Earlier, the host governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, in his welcome address, said APC governors had a duty of ensuring accountability, transparency and good governance.

“The enthusiasm and patriotism of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo show that the country is getting it right” he said.

August Meeting: Nigeria’s First Lady commends Nkechi Okorocha, tasks women on unity

R-L: Yari, Okorocha, Nkechi and Aisha at the event.

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has commended Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha for organizing the 2017 August Meeting. This is even as she said that the theme of the programme: “Women, building bridges of friendship across the Niger” is apt as it shows the level of maturity, worth and resourcefulness that women have attained.

According to her, the event would provide an opportunity for women to come together to socialize, dialogue and work for unity among communities.

While calling on Nkechi Okorocha to continue with her effort, Aisha assured of her support, especially in areas that have to do with women, children and the underprivileged as she has been doing through the Future Assured Programme.

She also thanked the state Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha for the support he is giving to his wife and called on other governors to emulate him.

Earlier in her address, Nneoma Okorocha called on women to build and fortify bridges of friendship because according to her, friendship is a gateway to love, unity, tolerance and mutual understanding, which every society needs for survival and development. She said the nation is passing through a moment which calls for intensification of bridge building in Nigeria.

She informed that the wife of the President is a recognized national bridge builder and commended her for laying the foundation of the Southern and Northern Governors Wives Fora, which today are building bridges of unity in the country.

She hailed women for their role as mothers, wives, peacemakers, caregivers, home builders and bridge builders and called on them to use the power to bring unity to the country.

In his brief remark, Governor Okorocha said Nigeria, although already a great country, must strive to be better in the no-distant future in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of her citizens. He said the journey to make Nigeria a greater country through the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence is already a reality and Imo state is part of that movement.

The event was well attended by Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, wives of Governors of Enugu, Benue, Ondo, Osun, Edo, Sokoto, Ogun, Abia, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Calabar, Niger, Kogi, Kebbi States, representatives of Niger Delta Women Council of Nigeria (NDWC) from the 9 Niger Delta States, women from the 27 LGAs among others.

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