Friday 23rd June, 2017
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Why we're supporting APC govt - PDP Rep member

Why we're supporting APC govt - PDP Rep member

A member of the House of Repre­sentatives, Hon. Sam Onuigbo representing Umuahia/ Ikwuano federal constituency of Abia State, has given reasons the law makers decided to support the ruling All Progressive Congress ( APC) despite their party affiliations.

The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) lawmaker who spoke yesterday in Umuahia said that despite the strange policies of APC, the law­makers decided to throw their weight behind the APC -led federal govern­ment because of national interest.

He said APC came to power in 2015 and “at­tempted to do things differ­ently” which resulted in the unpleasant situation Nigeria found itself, but added that the only option to take the country out of the woods is to support the government in power.

His words: “One thing is clear, if the federal gov­ernment fails, everyone has failed. So we have a respon­sibility to ensure that the system does not collapse because everyone will be affected. That is why we are supporting them.”

On the leadership crisis rocking PDP at the centre, Onuigbo expressed opti­mism that the logjam would be resolved before the 2019 general elections, saying that the party would bounce back stronger and more united.

He dismissed the insinu­ation in some quarters that PDP is dead describing it as a propaganda slogan of those who wish the party dead.

“Prominent Nigerians and former Heads of State have been working hard to ensure the tussle in the party is brought to an end”, he said, adding: “Are they saying it’s an exercise in fu­tility?”

Onuigbo, however said “fairness and justice” would facilitate quick resolution of the crisis.

On the gale of defection rocking the party, Onuigbo said the Supreme Court judgment is explicit on that, arguing that “defection can only be said to be valid when the party comes out to inform her members of dis­integration”.

“ But in the case of PDP, as the situation is now there is nothing like disintegra­tion in PDP, the party is very intact, it’s just a mat­ter of who and who should be members of the national working committee”.

The House Commit­tee Chairman on Climate Change commended the federal government for the palliative work on the hith­erto impassable Umuahia- Ikot Ekpene federal high­way saying it has brought huge relief to commuters on the way.

He said he had strong confidence that the highway would be totally rehabili­tated this year going by the assurances from Minister of Works and Housing, Sen. Raji Fashola.

Onuigbo who specifically commended the Minister for his commitments to­wards giving a permanent solution to the highway said he had been assured that design work for its complete rehabilitation would soon be ready.

He said Fashola personal­ly assured him that the road which links South East with Akwa Ibom and Cross Riv­er States would be awarded this hear, an action he said would help boost economic and commercial activities in the zones.