Ever since the All Progressives Congress (APC) entered the stage few months back, many have been asking to know the difference between PDP and APC. Given the mass exodus from PDP to APC, some Nigerians say the APC is now the new PDP. They claim that it is only a change of cassette while the music is still playing. They argue that if APC throws its doors wide open for all Duke and Harry in PDP to find safe haven, then the CHANGE mantra in APC family is just mere semantics which signifies nothing. They fear that it may be difficult if not impossible for APC to manage the incoming PDP members to conform to APC’s standards and rules of engagement.
Let me at once say that these fears are justified in a way given our chequered history and antecedents but the truth remains that APC is damn too serious in redefining leadership in Nigeria. Governor Rochas Okorocha, formally of PDP and APGA has been a different Governor in
APC. Imo State today with massive infrastructural development confirms this. Governor Ibikunle Amosun, formally of PDP and ANPP has been a super performing Governor in APC family. Is it just a matter of coincidence that the APC governors are putting up superlative performances in their respective states? It is not and their stellar showing flows from adhering strictly to the progressive ideology and belief in governance, which fires the pin of the APC. In the same vein those who are trooping into APC from PDP will discover that there is an existing template of good governance in APC. They are trooping in to meet sound minds with sound ideas who understand what leadership is all about. They are coming into APC to know about the power of teamwork, organization and creative energy. The incoming PDP members will in no uncertain terms learn for the first time in APC family that power goes with responsibility.
Today, even the most partisan observer will not compare Edo under the PDP with Edo under the APC. Not even the die hard opponent of APC will compare Imo under APC with Imo under PDP. Not even the most fanatical supporter of the PDP will compare Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti under the PDP with what those states are today under APC. It is not happenstance or an accident. It has to do with strict adherence to party belief and ideology. APC is prescribing these to the rescue of Nigeria from the seemingly hopeless doldrums the PDP has ran the country into in the last fifteen years.
Those presently flooding into APC will come in to learn that greatness never comes by accident. The new APC supporters will find out that every great thing has always been achieved by great persons. Soon they will discover that the APC they are coming into is a disciplined, idea driven, ideological platform which desires to do things differently in Nigeria, a product of good thinking and robust debate, a product of many years of hardwork. The truth is that if there are no good men and women to stand up to PDP after 53 years of Independence then we can as well disband the entity called Nigeria. If Nigeria cannot produce men and women who will stand up to challenge the excesses of PDP, then it is wise to conclude that all of us are mere children. If decent men and women cannot remove the kid gloves to fight for the soul of Nigeria, then it is right to conclude that Nigeria is simply a basket case.
The APC is insisting that Nigeria has no business with failure in the age of success. APC is insisting that the present crop of Nigerian leaders cannot continue to give artificial groundless excuses for non performance given the human and material resources at their disposal. APC frowns at the idea of depending on one source of income (crude oil) 53 years after independence when there are limitless opportunities to diversify our economy. Just like everyone needs multiple sources of income to make ends meet, Nigeria needs multiple sources of income to thrive.
The APC is planning to introduce radical changes in every sphere of our economy from our educational systems to agriculture, from power sector to Medicare, from building infrastructure to job creation, from security to national unity etc. APC believes like the late Professor Chinua Achebe that the trouble with Nigeria is simply a failure of leadership. APC progenitors believe firmly that Nigeria has the capacity to call shots in Africa if properly managed. That explains why APC states are success stories today because the governments in all APC states place the people on the top of their priorities.
APC is asking Nigerians to give the party the chance to prove its mettle in Nigeria in matters of leadership. APC is planning on how to reduce the cost of governance. APC plans to make politics look beautiful and ‘sexy’ in Nigeria. APC plans to make corruption an unattractive venture in Nigeria.
Nigeria needs fresh air, fresh ideas, new impulses, new hope, new beginning, new approach, fresh men and women. APC has a master plan on how to rebuild Nigeria and recover the lost glory.
Written By Joe Igbokwe