Ahmed Lawan, senate president, has admitted that the All Progressives Congress (APC), will face challenges when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.
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Lawan said this on Monday, in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The senate president noted that the APC must begin to work ahead, to sustain the goodwill and legacies it is enjoying across the country because of the President.
“Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in APC”, he said.
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“[And] when he leaves, he would still have some roles, but I daresay that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge.
“Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC.
“So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country.
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“That means we have to see our selves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from.
“Our tribe or even ethnic group, our religious persuasion should not matter when it comes to uniting this country.
“[And] as APC, the onus is on us to provide security and an economy that will bring growth and development to give people the kind of life that is meaningful.
“We can ask others to join us, but we are the ones to do it, so we need all hands on deck.”
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He lamented that the plan of the APC to deliver on most of its promises to Nigerians was stalled in the first tenure of the Buhari-led administration as a result of the feud between the national assembly and the executive arm of government.
“When we were voted in 2019 as leaders of the National Assembly, we were conscious of one thing, that our mandate that was given to us by Nigerians in 2015 had suffered disruption and dislocation.”
“For four years (2015 to 2019), our government could not perform optimally because of the then crisis between the parliament – the National Assembly – and the Executive arm of government,” Lawan stated.
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