National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged the party’s publicity secretaries across the 36 states to intensify the projection of the APC as a viable alternative to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said the PDP has failed in the last 15 years, advising them to bring its shortcomings to the front burner, ahead of next year’s elections.
Describing next year’s poll as a critical event, Mohammed said the APC cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians because the country is yearning for a change.
He spoke yesterday in Lagos at the maiden meeting of 36 APC publicity secretaries, hosted by the Lagos State APC Publicity Secretary, Comrade Joe Igbokwe.
Mr. Mohammed was represented by the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Lateef Raji.
The opening ceremony was witnessed by Lagos APC Chairman, Otunba Oladele Ajomale and secretary, Prince Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni.
Mohammed said: “There are more challenges for the APC, as the country prepares for elections, particularly in those states controlled by the PDP. What is required is courage and determination. Nigerians are yearning for a change and they see the APC as the alternative. So, we cannot afford to disappoint the country”.
The Lagos APC chairman hailed the contributions of the publicity secretaries to the building of the party’s image, urging them to sustain the tempo ahead of next year elections.
He also pointed out that the task of opposition spokesmen would be more challenging in PDP-controlled states, advising the secretaries to step up to the challenge.
Ajomade added: “What I can say is that you should emulate Lai Mohammed. I salute the courage of everyone, especially those in the PDP-controlled states. In Lagos State, I salute Joe Igbokwe. Across the federation, I urge you to get ready. You should be ready to make sacrifices.
“From 1999 till date, Nigeria has not been moving forward. It has been moving backward. They lied that the economy was improving. The economy of advanced countries is going down, but despite that they say the Nigerian economy is booming. I urge you to expose their atrocities across the states. I urge you to continue to defend the APC. Next year is the year of change and that change is inevitable. You must make the change happen”.
The host publicity secretary, Mr. Igbokwe, urged his colleagues to expose the evil of bad governance, saying the PDP is the symbol of decadence. He said the PDP is using the misappropriated wealth of Nigeria to build a culture of stomach infrastructure.
He added: “The PDP is a corrupt government. The task ahead is to continue to expose its evil by building a synergy among ourselves and ensure there is legitimate power shift next year”.