The All Progressives Congress on Thursday, unveiled its Code of Ethics to guide the party’s activities.
The event marked the highpoint of the party’s first national summit, held at the Transcorp Hilton, Hotel Abuja.
The event, which attracted most of the party’s founding fathers, also provided an avenue for its leaders to showcase what Nigerians should expect, if it forms government in 2015.
In his opening remarks, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, said the APC was the first party in Nigeria, to take the step it was taking to lay bare what it has in store for the people.
He explained the unique thing about the exercise was that the party was making its intention known to the public at a forum other than a campaign rally, as has been the practice before now.
Fashola said, “We in the APC seek to create a new future for Nigeria, a future without leaders who deprive the families that they are supposed to protect.
“A future where high price of food and fuel do not undermine families, where there will be jobs for all who want to work. We will do things differently through our code of ethics.”
The governor noted that the divisive politics, which has become the hallmark of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, was unhealthy for national peace and development which Nigerians yearn for.
According to him, members of the APC were united in their belief that corruption must no longer be tolerated in our national life and that every Nigerian deserves to live in a nation where his basic rights were respected and the rule of law thrives.
Speaking on the significance of the party’s Code of Ethics, the governor explained that the party like the disciplined and focused entity which it seeks to build, must be guided by a set of rules.
He described it as a roadmap for a new Nigeria with its set of principles structured to differentiate the party from others.
While berating the ruling PDP for its poor anti-corruption record, he blamed the rising unemployment to the pervasive corruption in government.
He expressed the view that if government was serious about the anti-graft war, there would have been enough money to create jobs for the nation’s growing youth population.
The party in its mission statement said it was committed to a Nigeria that achieves its full potential and promise. That it will work towards a nation that is economically and socially vibrant, peaceful, just and secure.
It also listed ten basic commitments it was making to the Nigerian people.
Some of them include the its commitment to preserve the Nigerian people which it believes to be the nation’s greatest assest and pledges to do everything possible to protect and preserve human life and dignity.
It also made a commitment to uphold a Nigeria bound by the principle of freedom, justice, peace, unity and the rule of law and promises to pursue its objective of increasing economic opportunity for all citizens, social welfare and progress through a government led and private sector driven economy.
Several speakers which included leaders of the three legacy parties namely: the ANPP, ACN and the CPC, participated in a discussion where they took members of the audience through some of the challenges they encountered before the merger.
General Muhammadu Buhari, who was one of the speakers, said opposition party members realized that unless they came together, the ruling party will isolate them and destroy them one after another.
He said, “We need to come together to put good governance and leadership to manage the huge resources of Nigeria.”
Former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu said for him who has gone on exile on a number of occasions, he was encouraged by the fact that everywhere he went, he could only rely on his Nigerian passport.
This, he said made it imperative for him and likeminded progressives to build a truly national party which
In his remarks, Chief Ogbonaya Onu said the APC was an idea whose time is now pointing out that since the registration of the APC by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Also speaking at the event, Chief Audu Ogbe recalled how he and a few of his friends and political associates muted the idea of the coming together of opposition parties to form one strong party.
He said he and his associates began having their meeting since 2005 adding that it was a thing of joy that the APC is now a reality.