A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun has declared that Nigerians have not gotten the type of change they desired when they voted for the party against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
Speaking on Sunday in Abuja, Oyegun however expressed optimism that the APC will be able to meet the yearnings of Nigerians.
Explaining why the party has fallen below expectations, the former APC national chairman submitted that economic downturns experienced in Nigeria and globally affected the party’s plans for Nigerians.
He spoke during a book launch titled, ‘APC’s litmus test, Nigerian democracy, and politics of change’, written by Salihu Lukman, director-general, Progressives Congress Forum (PGF).
He said “economic forces” have disrupted the good intentions the party had before it took over from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
“We are in charge today; a progressive government, a progressive regime, and I think it is proper that we show that to the nation when the people want some degree of change.”
“We should be responsive to it, we should address it, compromises have to be made, there’s no question about that,” NAN quoted him to have said.
On the issue of restructuring, Oyegun said the issue of federalism must be addressed and the earlier the issue is addressed, the better for the citizens.
He said, “We cannot continue to allow the subject to become something that threatens our nation at any turn.”
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.”
“It becomes easier then, to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today. It is [also] my hope that we will begin to get control of the security of this nation.”