APC condemns attack on US capitol and urges Donald Trump to emulate Buhari

 

Donald Trump to emulate Buhari
Donald Trump to emulate Buhari
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has condemned last Wednesday's attack on US Capitol by Pro- Trump protesters and has faulted the US president for inciting his supporters against Joe Biden, who was democratically elected.

The party made this known in a statement signed by it's secretary of its caretaker and extra- ordinary convention planning committee, Sen John Akpan Udo-Edehe, titled " The integrity of a leader is as important as strong institutions" on Saturday in Abuja.

The party also urge President Donald Trump to emulate president Buhari's integrity.

Akpan Udo-Edehe said when President Buhari was not satisfied with the outcome of an election, he approached the court for redress.

He said Buhari resolving to follow the process through to the supreme court on all accounts is an outstanding credential of a true democrat.

The events of the past 72 hours in the U.S. are, to say the least, condemnable. Over time, elections in the U.S. had been used as a touchstone for elections in other democracies.

“It is settled that strong institutions are fundamental to the sustenance of democracies.

“However, this U.S. election saga strongly underscores the fact that the integrity of the country’s leader essentially complements the workings of these institutions.

“President Muhammadu Buhari contested and lost elections a couple of times and followed the process through to the Supreme Court on all accounts. This is an outstanding credential of a true democrat,’’ he said

He noted that upon ultimately gaining electoral victory in 2015, the APC led adminstration had carried out fundamental reforms to strengthen several institutions, including granting autonomy to local government councils.

The APC has contested elections; won some, lost some without splitting hairs. In fact, at some point the APC lost over 5 states to the PDP, yet we allowed democracy to prevail. We have remained resolute in our belief that in every electoral contest, popular will must prevail.

This is a far-cry from the days of the do-or-die politics of PDP, where civilians took control of the security apparatus to subvert the people’s will and determine the outcome of elections"Electoral reform is a core plank of the programs of the APC-led administration and a legacy that Mr. President has promised to bequeath to Nigerians.

“Other institutional reforms include the excision of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and inauguration subsequently by Mr. President, as advised by the EGMONT GROUP, to eliminate the siphoning of Local Government funds and to entrench financial autonomy for local government Councils in Nigeria.

“Recall that successive PDP governments rejected local government autonomy which hitherto encouraged undue interference in the running of local government administration by state governments and was linked to restiveness among the youth.

“The signing into law by Mr. President on May 2020, of ‘the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial autonomy of State Legislatures and State judiciaries and other related matters’ is a bold statement on institutional reforms. These are aimed at strengthening these institutions. When they are financially independent, then they can be firm and fair in their decisions.

“Petroleum industry reforms particularly the deregulation of the oil and gas downstream sector is also worthy of mention.

“Therefore the statements by the PDP are merely designed to gain political mileage and only reinforces the disinformation on all issues, which the PDP constantly and laboriously pursues at all times. The positions taken by PDP Governors against these institutional reforms are in the public domain.

“Politics should not be allowed to overshadow policies. We urge the PDP, especially their governors to show bi-partisanship in supporting all the sectoral reforms being initiated by Mr. President for the benefit of Nigerians”.

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