The national chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Ogbonnaya Onu yesterday said the country is in trouble and would require a government formed by the party to liberate it from the grip of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Onu who spoke while declaring the meeting of the ANPP National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja, criticised the PDP government of not having an action plan for the country after years of being in power and admonished members of the party to prepare for the task ahead.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we must renew and strengthen our covenant with the Nigerian people. Nigeria is presently in trouble. The trouble of epileptic electric power supply. The trouble of insecurity. The trouble of joblessness. The trouble of many Nigerians who go to bed on empty stomach and sleep with one eye open. “The trouble of a federal government that still talks of an agenda, not an action plan, after over four good years of slow motion and an unclear vision.”
The national chairman said the ANPP must begin to reconnect with Nigerians as a way of arming itself for the task of national renewal and rebirth.
“We need to recharge our batteries so that we can better illuminate the road for the happiness, progress and prosperity of all Nigerians,” he said. “In this pursuit, we shall put forth an action plan that will embody our reform initiative for a better and stronger new ANPP that will meet the expectations of all Nigerians, before, during and after the next general elections in 2015.
“I therefore urge you to rededicate yourselves to the noble dreams of our founding fathers. We were fashioned as a political party that will win elections at all levels of government and provide selfless and visionary service to Nigerians. We were not conceived as a perpetual opposition political party.”
Judge elections fairly
The party chairman also called on the various election petition tribunals currently adjudicating on different election matters to ensure that justice is done in the cases before them.
He said the judiciary remains the last hope of the aggrieved and that it is an important component of the electoral process.
“When an election is manipulated, it promotes violence as those cheated in the process resort to self – help to protest their dissatisfaction, particularly when they do not have confidence that the judiciary can deliver justice. This further injures the trust that should bind both the leaders and the citizens,” he said.