All Progressive Congress: Brief History
The All Progressives Congress (APC) is a political party in Nigeria, formed on 6th February, 2013. in anticipation of the 2015 elections. APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election by almost 2.6 million votes. This was the first time in Nigeria’s political history that an opposition political party unseated a governing party in a general election and one in which power transferred peacefully from one political party to another. In addition, the APC won the majority of seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives in the 2015 elections, though it fell shy of winning a super-majority to over-ride the ability of the opposition People’s Democratic Party.
IN THE BEGINNING
Formed in February 2013, the party is the result of a merger of Nigeria’s three biggest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) – and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The three political parties organized their conventions and passed resolutions giving the go ahead to forgo their individual identities and merge into one big party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party received approval from the nation’s electoral umpire Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on 31st July, 2013 to become a political party and subsequently withdrew the operating licenses of the three legacy parties (the ACN, CPC and ANPP).
In March 2013, it was reported that two other associations – African People’s Congress and All Patriotic Citizens – also applied for INEC registration, adopting APC as an acronym as well, reportedly “a development interpreted to be a move to thwart the successful coalition of the opposition parties, ahead of the 2015 general elections.” It was reported in April 2013 that the party was considering changing their name to the All Progressive Congress of Nigeria (APCN) to avoid further complications.
In November 2013, five serving Governors, along with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former vice president of Nigeria, from the governing PDP defected to the APC, as well as 49 legislators who joined the ranks of 137 legislators in the APC as a result of the prior merger of the smaller opposition parties.
This initially gave the APC a slim majority of 186 legislators in the Lower House out of a total of 360 legislators; however, subsequent political wrangling and pressure from political factions and interests outside the National Assembly of Nigeria, gave the party only 37 additional legislators thus giving the APC a nominal majority of 172 out of 360 Legislators, as opposed to the PDP’s 171 (though some smaller PDP-allied parties hold the balance of the other seats.
This was further confirmed when the party seated 179 members on January 15th, 2015 when the House resumed after a long recess to finally affirm its majority. The governors who defected to the APC were Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State.
In the 2015 elections, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu ran as a senatorial nominee of the People’s Democratic Party for the Niger State east senatorial district, losing in a landslide to the APC’s David Umaru.
The political party, All Progressive Congress [APC], was inaugurated with Chief Adebisi Akande, as the interim National Chairman until 13th of June 2014 when he was replaced by Chief John Odigie Oyegun who was elected as the National Chairman, between 2014 to 2018, while Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomole, a former Governor of Edo State was elected from July 2018 to June 2020 when His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the current Governor of Yobe State was appointed as the national caretaker committee chairman and extraordinary national convention, following the dissolution of the Oshiomole led national working committee on Thursday 25th June, 2020.
BELOW IS THE LIST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE APC CARETAKER COMMITTEE AND EXTRA-ORDINARY CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE.
- Governor Mai Bala Buni (Yobe) Chairman
- Isiaka Oyetola, Governor Osun (South West)
- Ken Nnamani (South East)
- Stella Okorete – Women Rep
- Governor Sani Bello (North Central)
- Dr. James Lalu (Physically challenged)
- Sen. Abubakar Yusuf (Senate Rep)
- Hon. Akinyemi Olaide (House of Reps)
- David Lyon (South South)
- Abba Ari (North West)
- Prof. Tahir Mamman (North East)
- Ismail Ahmed (Youths)
- Sen. Akpan Udo-edehe (Secretary).
NON-MEMBERS OF NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE
- Hon. Sunday Jacob Chukwu – Dep. Nat. Fin. Secretary
- Barr. E. I. Adoh-Ogbuta – Dep. Nat Legal Adviser
- Barr. Mohammed Tanko Zakari – Dep. National Treasurer
- Mr. Jock Alamba – Dep. Welfare Secretary
- Nabena Yekini – Dep. Nat Pub Secretary
- Barr. Isa Modu Chul – Dep. National Auditor
- Honor Ihuoma Onyebuchukwu – Dep. Nat Women Leader
- Hafiz Bolaji – Dep. Nat Youth Leader
- Tukur Abdulkadir Gusau- Zonal Secretary (NW)
- John Uwaede – Zonal Secretary (SE)
- Dr. Zakari Mohammed – Zonal Secretary (NC)
- Ayo Afolabi – Zonal Secretary (SW)
- Dave Okumgba – Zonal Secretary (SS)
- Abuabkar S. Ajiya – Zonal Secretary (NE)
- Onyeka Olisemeka – Zonal Youth Leader (SE)
- Kashim Bello Maigari- Zonal Youth Leader (NE)
- Mr. Terver Aginde – Zonal Youth Leader (NC)
- Lanre Olarewaju – Zonal Youth Leader (SW)
- Chief Koteteh Ibadan – Zonal Youth Leader (SS)
- Abubakar Saadu – Zonal Youth Leader (NW)
- Abdulmanaf Muhammad- Zonal Org. Secretary (NW)
- Hon. Timothy Amah – Zonal Org. Secretary (SE)
- Ibrahim makun Abdul- Zonal Org. Secretary (NC)
- Ferdinand Atsu – Zonal Org. Secretary (SS)
- Mr. David Olufemi Egbedeyi – Zonal Org. Secretary (SW)
- Shuaibu AbdulRahman- Zonal Org. Secretary (NE)
- Chief Koteteh Ibadan- Ex-Officio (SS)
- Hon. Omolaoye O. Akintola- Ex-Officio (SW)
- Hon. Nelson Alapa – Ex-Officio (NC)
- Chief Nduka Anyanwu – Ex-Officio (SE)
- Mal. Mamman Isah Azare- Ex-Officio (NE)
- Alh. Nasiru Danu – Ex-Officio (NW)
ACHIEVEMENTS OF ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS UNDER PRESIDENT MUHAMMAD BUHARI (SPEECH BY PMB)
Sustaining our democracy thus far, has been a collective struggle and I congratulate all Nigerians and particularly leaders of our democratic institutions for their resilience and determination to ensure that Nigeria remains a shining example of democracy.
In my 2019 democracy day address I promised to frontally address the nation’s daunting challenges, especially insecurity, economy and corruption. I therefore find it necessary to give an account of my stewardship on this day.
We have recorded notable achievements in the course of implementing our nine priority objectives and are establishing a solid foundation for future success.
On the economic front, our objectives have remained to stabilize the macro-economy, achieve agricultural and food security, ensure energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products, develop infrastructure, fight corruption and improve governance.
We have witnessed eleven quarters of consecutive GDP growth since exiting recession. The GDP grew from one point nine-one percent in 2018 to two point two-seven percent in 2019 but declined to one point eight-seven percent in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the decline in global economic activities due to the COVID nineteen pandemic.
Every single economy in the world has suffered a decline. Ours has been relatively moderate.
In order to stabilize the economy, the Monetary Authority took steps to build the external reserves which resulted in improved liquidity in the foreign exchange market. The external reserves grew from thirty-three point four-two billion US dollars on April 29th 2020 to about thirty-six billion US dollars in May, 2020 which is enough to finance seven months of import commitments.
Agriculture remains the key to our economic diversification strategy. The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative program continues to deliver significant quantities of affordable and high-quality fertilizers to our farmers. This initiative has also revived 31 blending plants and created a significant number of direct and indirect jobs across the value chain.
Government is also revamping the cotton, textile and garment sector via a CBN Textile Revival Intervention Fund that would considerably reduce foreign exchange spent on cotton and other textile imports.
Through the food security initiative, we are promoting “Grow What We Eat and “Eat What We Grow’. I am also delighted that more and more Nigerians are taking advantage of the opportunities in the agriculture and agri-business sector. I assure you that government will continue to support Agriculture sector through the CBN Anchor Borrowers Program and similar schemes.
To protect our farming investments, we have deployed five thousand Agro-Rangers and employed thirty thousand two hundred and eighty-nine in our para-military agencies We are also integrating rural communities to the formal economy by extending access to credit and inputs to rural farmers and building feeder roads.
Our efforts on growing non-oil exports have started to yield some results. For instance, in the past year, our revenue from Cocoa and Sesame Seed increased by seventy-nine point four million US dollars and one hundred and fifty-three million US dollars.
Africa presents a huge opportunity for our export base diversification and we are developing our strategy to grow intra-Africa trade through the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.
Business ranking from 146th to 131st and is now rated as one of the top ten performing countries. Nigeria has risen by 25 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking from 146th to 131st and is now rated as one of the ten top performing countries. This development is due to the Visa on Arrival policy, consistent promotion of initiatives that expand facilities available to Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, robust electronic registration and payment system, seamless processing of business registration and reduction of cost of registering business by 50%.
We remain committed to expanding our mining sector. To this end I have directed the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Plant based on Government-to-Government financing and a Public-Private Sector financing.
With foreign and domestic investments and the participation of Small-Scale Miners, we are harnessing the supply value chain in gold production.
We would also be launching a fully digitized mineral rights management platform for quick processing of mineral rights application digitization of records and plugging revenue leakages.
The Power Sector remains very critical to meeting our industrial development aspirations and we are tackling the challenges that still exist in the delivery of power through different strategies
We are executing some critical projects through the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program including the:
- Alaoji to Onitsha, Delta Power Station to Benin and Kaduna to Kano
- 330KV DC 62KM line between Birnin Kebbi and Kamba
- c Lagos/Ogun Transmission Infrastructure Project
- Abuja Transmission Ring Scheme, and
- Northern Corridor Transmission Project.
Our agreement with Siemens will transmit and distribute a total of 11,000 Megawatts by 2023, to serve our electricity needs.
On transportation, another critical sector to improving our Economic competitiveness, we are growing the stock and quality of our road, rail, air and water transport infrastructure.
Through the SUKUK-Funded Road Projects, a total of four hundred and twelve kilometers of the targeted six hundred- and forty-three-kilometers road projects have been completed, representing 64%.
The Presidential infrastructure Development Fund projects are also progressing very well.
On the 2nd Niger Bridge, piling work has been completed and the approach roads are being constructed. 48% of work on this bridge has been achieved.
We have constructed one hundred and two kilometers of the three hundred- and seventy-six-kilometers Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Road representing 38%, and the forty-two point nine kilometers Obajana -Kabba Road is 87.03% complete.
Furthermore, the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency has completed routine maintenance on over four thousand kilometers of federal roads out of the five thousand kilometers targeted.
We are extending and upgrading our railway network too. We are introducing more locomotives, coaches and wagons for the Abuja- Kaduna Rail Line.
The Central Ajaokuta – Itakpe – Warri Line has been completed and is being extended from Itakpe to Abuja on one end and from Warri Town to Warri Port on the other.
The Lagos-lbadan Rail Line is 90% completed and would be extended to the Lagos Port which would help address the long-standing grid-lock at the Apapa port.
The Kano-Maradi Single Track Standard Gauge Railway Coastal Railway Project and Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Standard Gauge Railway, with its associated branch lines running through the South Eastern and Gombe States, industrial park and Bonny Deep Sea Port are all ready for concession.
Government continues to make investments in the aviation sector to position it as a travel and trade hub in West Africa and the wider African continent.
Airport Terminals in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt are being expanded, while the rehabilitation of the Enugu airport is almost completed. All our airports are being raised to international standards with the provision of necessary equipment, especially navigational aids, to guarantee world class safety standards.
For the first time in over ten years, Nigeria is conducting bidding process for 57 Marginal Oil Fields to increase revenue and increase the participation of Nigerian companies in oil and exploration and production business.
We continue to grow local content in other areas of the oil and gas sector with the disbursement of funds from the two hundred million US dollars Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to indigenous manufacturers and service providers.
With sustained engagement of youths, opinion leaders and other stakeholders, we have restored peace in the Niger Delta Region and maintained our oil production levels.
The Head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission will be commissioned shortly. The Funding of sections I-IV of the East-West Road shall be pursued with a view to completing the project by the end of 2021.
Furthermore, I am determined to ensure that development meant for the people of the Niger Delta get to them so I have authorized a Forensic Audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Digital Economy continues to play an important role in our development agenda as we move into the age of Artificial intelligence
Since the creation of the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy. the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy has been launched. Steps have been taken to achieve a reduction of connectivity cluster gaps from two hundred and seven to one hundred and fourteen as well as increase the level of 4G coverage by 30%.
Nigeria remains committed to expanding access to quality education to enhance the productivity of its citizens and would continue to pursue the enforcement of free and compulsory basic education for the first 9 years of schooling.
In pursuit of this, we have launched the Better Education Service Delivery for All in 17 states, established additional 6 Federal Science and Technical Colleges and currently executing a pro-active Teacher Training Plan with all states of the Federation.
In our revision of the operations of specialized education funds and to implement reforms that would optimize their benefits to the sector, we have adopted a Public-Private Sector Partnership for provision of infrastructure and also collaborate with the private sector to create jobs. Our pursuit of affordable housing for the low and middle income earners has received a boost with the delivery of one thousand two hundred housing units, provision of five hundred and twenty Service plots with infrastructure through a Public Private Sector partnership and the issuance of eight hundred and sixty eight mortgages totaling seven point seven billion Naira.
Similarly, Home Renovation Loans totaling sixteen point two billion Naira have been granted to nineteen thousand two hundred and ten people.
To enable sustainable access to safe and sufficient water to meet the social, cultural, environmental and economic development needs of all Nigerians we continue to expand our water supply, irrigation and dam facilities.
The Completion of Amauzari, Amla Otukpo and other 42 Earth Dams with combined job creation of about forty-three thousand, three hundred and fifty-four direct jobs and seventy-one thousand, one hundred and seventy-two indirect jobs, would provide more support for irrigation agriculture and water supply.
To further institutionalize our effort in this regard, I signed the Executive Order 009 on Ending Open Defecation in Nigeria.
In order to improve our forest cover and in fulfillment of my commitment at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2019, we have commenced the planting of twenty-five million trees. This initiative will also contribute to our effort to mitigate the effect of climate change.
In the area of security, we remain unshaken in our resolve to protect our national infrastructure including on-shore and off-shore oil installations, secure our territorial waters and end piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
Ending insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality across the nation is being accorded appropriate priorities and the men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have considerably downgraded such threats across all geo-political zones. All the Local Governments that were taken over by the Boko Haram Insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have long been recovered and are now occupied by indigenes of these areas who were hitherto forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes.
The total collapse of the economies of these areas, which constituted a threat to our food security, has also been reversed with the gradual recovery of farming and other economic activities.
I regret recent sporadic incidents with tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security Agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.
I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets so that the Security Agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas. I send my heartfelt condolences to all the relatives and communities affected.
As part of the strengthening of our internal security architecture, the Ministry of Police Affairs was created.
Amongst others, Government has expanded the National Command and Control Centre to nineteen states of the federation resuscitated the National Public Security Communication System and commenced the implementation of the Community Policing Strategy.
Government has similarly established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund as a public-private sector vehicle for alternative sources of funding security activities.
To reduce security challenges through our external borders especially smuggling of oil products out of the country, inflow of small arms and drugs into the country and equally protect our local manufacturers, we introduced operation “Ex-Swift Response” closing our borders from August 20th 2019 and have considerably succeeded in meeting its objectives as well as improving our national revenue.
Our Government has continued to work to reduce social and economic inequality through targeted social investment programs, education, technology and improved information.
Our Social Investment Program has continued to be a model to other nations and has engaged five hundred and forty nine thousand five hundred N-Power beneficiaries, four hundred and eight thousand ,six hundred and eighty two beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program and two million, two hundred and thirty eight thousand, three hundred and thirty four beneficiaries of the Growth Enhancement and Empowerment Program. This is being done in collaboration with the States.
Similarly, Marketmoni” and Tradermoni” Programs have provided affordable loans to small and micro scale enterprises to grow their businesses. Under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Program, over 9,963,729 children are being fed to keep them in school and improve their nutritional status.
Fellow Nigerians, the year 2020 has been like no other, In January 2020, the COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The number of global infections has risen from less than 8,000 shared between China and eighteen other countries to over 7 million spread over 216 countries and on all continents. Nigeria recorded its first case of COVID-19 on February 27th 2020 and within the first hundred days; I have had cause to address the nation on three occasions within one month, which underscores the gravity of this pandemic. There is no doubt that this pandemic has affected the global economy and all known socio-economic systems. It has also brought grief and pain to families that have lost their loved ones. Like many Nigerians I feel the grief and pain not only as your President but also as someone who has lost a close member of my staff and some relatives and friends.
In order to have a robust National response, I approved a Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to provide guidance and leadership in tackling the pandemic nationwide.
State Governments also constituted their own COVID-19 Task Forces Complementing this was the establishment of a National Emergency Operations Centre responsible for providing technical and professional guidance in the National Response.
The overall objective of the PTF COVID-19 is to ensure that the pandemic does not overwhelm our health systems, while ensuring that we maintain an effective Case Management System to help in containing the spread of the virus.
The impact of the pandemic has disrupted our economic system and to ensure its functioning while still addressing the spread, the Federal Government put in place a number of various non pharmaceutical measures to slow down the spread of the virus, in addition to a progressive re-opening of the economy.
As part of the strategy to create jobs in reducing the effect of COVID-19 on our youths, I directed the employment of seven hundred and seventy-four thousand Nigerians.
These youths will be engaged in Special Public Works Program aimed at cushioning the effects of economic downturn. Each of the seven hundred and seventy-four local government areas in the country will be allotted one thousand slots. I am pleased to report that this program has commenced.
I receive regular briefing from the PTF on COVID-19. I note that the National Response relies on Science, Data and Experience in taking decisions. This informed my approval for the ease of lock down phases to ensure a balance between lives and livelihoods.
I am confident that the steps being taken by the PTF would result in flattening the COVID-19 curves. I, therefore, implore all Nigerians to abide by the approved guidelines and protocols. There is hope for us all if we take individual and collective responsibility.
Government is determined to turn this COVID-19 challenge into a motivation to action by building a nation-wide public health care system that will help us overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for any future outbreak. Already, we have begun to look inward and I charge our inventors, researchers and scientists to come up with solutions to cure COVID-19.
Government has continued to implement accountability and transparent policies through the Open Government Partnership and the transparency portal on financial transactions. Similarly, we have strengthened auditing and accountability mechanisms so as to ensure that rules and regulations are followed strictly.
Anti-Corruption Agencies have secured more than one thousand four hundred convictions and also recovered funds in excess of eight hundred billion Naira. These monies are being ploughed into development and infrastructure projects.
The Public Service of Nigeria remains the bedrock for the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and projects in the country. This accounts for why it continues to evolve especially as new socio -economic challenges emerge for Government to address.
I will continue to give all the necessary support for the on-going reforms designed to return discipline, integrity and patriotism as the hallmark of the public service.
In the face of dwindling resources and rising cost of governance have authorized that the White Paper on the Rationalization of Government Parastatals and Agencies be reviewed for implementation.
Our youth population remains a source of strength in achieving development objectives. In this regard, we would continue to concentrate in developing their skills, providing them with opportunities to express their entrepreneurial, research and industrial capacities as well as ample opportunity to take leadership positions in the service of the nation.
The commitment of this Administration to the well-being of people living with disabilities remains unwavering. Government recognizes their contributions to development.
I have directed that all relevant Government agencies pay special attention to the peculiarities of persons with disabilities in the formulation and implementation of their policies and programs and where suitable their employment.
Nigerian women remain a particular treasure to this nation and for this reason this Administration has continued to give them a place of pride in the affairs of our country. I salute your courage, enterprise and resilience as well as your contributions to national development. I wish to assure all our women of this administration’s determination to fight Gender Based Violence through the instrumentality of the law and awareness creation. I am particularly upset at recent incidents of rape especially of very young girls. The Police are pursuing these cases with a view to bringing girls perpetrators of these heinous crimes to swift justice.
Government continues to recognize and harness the power of the media for positive development. The reforms of the broadcast and advertising industries including digital switch over and continuous engagement through town hall meetings remain central to accurate and credible information dissemination.
Our culture provides the basis for our existence as a people and a nation. In preserving iconic aspects of our national culture, this government has been pursuing the recovery of artifacts stolen from Nigeria, promoting heritage sites and festivals and working towards designating some of our heritage sites as UNESCO World Heritage Centers.
This administration is focused on ensuring that Nigeria would always be governed by the Rule of Law and I would do my utmost to uphold the constitution and protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
Government has initiated a number of policies and programs designed to promote the legal rights of Nigerians, facilitate the institutionalization of a responsive legal system, provide support to all constituted bodies in implementing their mandates and improve our custodial system of justice.
The National Assembly has been an important partner in our quest to sustain our democracy and achieve our development objectives.