Governors forum pledges to improve wellbeing of Nigerians
As Nigerians celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence, the progressive governors’ forum (PGF) has pledged to work assiduously to improve the wellbeing of Nigerians.
In a message to congratulate Nigerians on the occasion, the Governors reaffirmed their commitment to the sustenance of democratic rule in the country.
The Governor Atiku Bagudu led group particularly congratulated Nigerians for their resilience and faith
in a united democratic Nigeria.
Urging politicians to eschew bitterness, the Governors noted: “Sixty years of independence and nationhood were years with moments of rasping experiences. Coming out of these years as a united country gives us all the reasons for celebration, most especially because we are today emerging as a stable democracy having been in our Fourth Republic for twenty years now with six successful general elections.
“Therefore, emerging as a stable democracy, we can say with confidence that the growing confidence of our people to our fledgeling democratic system of governance is indisputable.
As Governors elected on the platform of our party, APC, we reaffirm our commitment to the principles that democratic governance should lead to improved welfare for the mass of our citizens.
” This imposes a responsibility on all elected representatives to work for policies that promote the wellbeing of citizens. Guided by the manifesto of our party, since 2015, our governments in all our states controlled by the APC and at the Federal level have remained focused, implementing pro-people initiatives across all sectors.
“Under the leadership of President Buhari, our politics is today being refined to ensure indiscriminate development of all parts of the country. In addition, the President is inspiring all of us in APC to change our political culture especially in relations to electoral contests.
“Unlike what obtains in other parties where the operative culture is to manipulate electoral contests to produce set outcomes, the environment in our party, APC, is being made more liberal. With such a liberal atmosphere, combined with impartiality of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as a governing party, our electoral probability, in all elections, is even.
“We win or lose elections depending on our ability to convince electorates to vote for our party and our candidates. And when we lose in a fair contest, we concede defeat and congratulate the winner.
“This is the next level politics already in play, championed by APC. We appeal to all politicians and parties to embrace this new political culture in Nigeria.
“We are proud of our accomplishments as a democratic country and as a political party and hereby restate our commitment to make all our states models of good governance with records of rapid human development and progress founded on the principles of social democracy in line with
provisions of our party constitution and manifesto.
“We shall continue to take all the necessary steps to roll out programmes in our states that will facilitate development of synergy, experience sharing and collaboration.”
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