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APC Not Overwhelmed By Its Electoral Victory, Says Lawmaker

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Senator Rafiu A. Ibrahim yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not overwhelmed by the victory won in the last generation elections, as alluded in some quarters.

The Senator representing Kwara South told The Guardian that as a party that has just assumed office, it was not unexpected to experience pockets of challenges, stressing however that the party was totally in control of the situation.

On Kogi poll, Senator Ibrahim said that the decision already taken by the party leadership was noble and in the interest of the nation.

He said: “The party is absolutely in control of its victory. I do not consider it abnormal for a party that is coming to power for the first time after several attempts to experience one or two hiccups.

“It is expected of any structure in power and so far, the party has done all it could to address its challenges.

“On the issues emanating from the death of Audu Abubakar in Kogi State, the party is on it and I believe the decision reached by the party executive was in the best interest of the Party”.

The lawmaker did also not see anything wrong with the position Mr. President holds as the Petroleum Minister. He maintained that it was a temporary measure designed to stabilize the sector that has gone through a lot in terms of administration. “The moment things improve, he will appoint a substantive Minister of Petroleum”, he said.

The lawmaker also debunked insinuations that the several trips embarked by President Muhammadu Buhari was affecting governance and has gradually crippled the nation’s economy. According to him, it will be difficult for Mr. President to solve Nigeria’s problems sitting at home.

“The world is a global village and we need relationships, we need friendship, we collaborations, bilateral agreements, we need multi-lateral agreements, we need groups and a lot of support to get out of our problems.

“We need even models to study and as chief executive of this country, he needs to engage some of his counterparts abroad. Although for me, I don’t think he has travelled too much as to attract criticisms. It is a new government as I said, a government that inherited a country that is in a very bad shape needs to engage the whole world in order to know how to navigate out of the situation we are presently.”

He continued that in terms of economic hardship experienced in the country, the President needed to do some reviews before emerging with his policy trust.

“Now that the supplementary budget has been passed, 2016 budget will soon be ready and with the cabinet in place, I know things will pick up fully. All that has been happening has to do with the situation of the country”.

The lawmaker did also not see anything wrong with the position Mr. President holds as the Petroleum Minister. He maintained that it was a temporary measure designed to stabilize the sector that has gone through a lot in terms of administration. “The moment things improve, he will appoint a substantive Minister of Petroleum”, he said.


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