How APC Destroyed Nigeria For 16 Years New York[RR]Abuja–I’m usually taken aback whenever officers of the present All Progressives Congress (APC) administration release statements and interviews to sermonise Nigerians on how Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration has destroyed Nigeria for 16years and how they are working on fixing the mess created by PDP. It is […]
How APC Destroyed Nigeria For 16 Years
New York[RR]Abuja–I’m usually taken aback whenever officers of the present All Progressives Congress (APC) administration release statements and interviews to sermonise Nigerians on how Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration has destroyed Nigeria for 16years and how they are working on fixing the mess created by PDP.
It is non-contestable that between May 29, 1999 and May 29, 2015, “PDP” (in quote) occupied the seat of power in Abuja and controlled majority states of the federation. However, we have to get our fact right with respect to who destroyed Nigeria between 1999 and 2015. I believe we should do a holistic analysis on this subject.
President And Vice President: 1999-2015
Nigeria had three presidents between May 29, 1999 and May 29, 2015, namely, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Late Mallam Umaru Yar’adua and Dr Goodluck Jonathan. Of the three, Obasanjo spent eight years in office (1999-2007), Yar’adua three years (May 2007-May 2010) and Dr Jonathan five years (May 2010-May 2015). Obasanjo who spent the longest period as president (Eight years) has since denounced the PDP to become the APC and Buhari’s “navigator” to office. Similarly, of the three vice presidents during the period under review, Atiku Abubakar spent the most number of years in office (Eight, 1999-2007). But he not only moved to AC/APC while in office in 2006, he also aspired to rule Nigeria on the APC platform in 2014 and is today a member of APC’s Board of Trustees.
Speakers Of House Of Representative: 1999-2015:
Between 1999 and 2015 Nigeria had six Speakers of the Federal House of Representative. These are: Salisu Buhari (June -July 1999), Ghali Na’aba (July 1999-June 2003), Aminu Bello Mansari (June 2003-June 2007), Madam Patricia Etteh (June 2007-November 2007), Dimeji Bankole (Nov 2007-June 2011) and Waziri Tambawal (June 2011-June 2015). Of all Six former Speakers, FOUR are members of APC (Na’aba, Masari, Etteh and Tambawal) with a combined period of TWELVE YEARS in office out of the sixteen years. Masari and Tambuwal are APC Governors of Katsina and Sokoto states respectively.
Prominent Government Officials
Nasir Elrufai was DG, Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE), and Secretary of National Council on Privatisation between 1999 and 2003. He later became minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between 2003 and 2007. As DG BPE and Secretary of NCP, he supervised the privatisation of NEPA, NITEL etc… ALL were enmeshed in controversy. By virtue of his office, Atiku Abubakar was the Chairman of NCP between 1999 and 2007. Both men supervised the privatisation of public companies for the period. They are APC members.
Danjuma Goje, was the minister of state for power between 1999 and 2003. Rabiu Kwankwaso was minister of Defence between 2003 and 2007. Both are members of APC BoT members and Senators. Samuel Ortom served as minister of state, trade and investment between 2011 and 2015. Nasir el-Rufai was minister of FCT between 2003 and 2007. They are now Governors of Benue and Kaduna states respectively. Should we wash all these away?
State Governors: 1999-2015
Between 1999 and 2015, Gombe State has had three Governors: Abubakar Hashidu (4years), Danjuma Goje (8years) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (4years). Both Hashidu and Goje are members of APC. That for a combined period of 12 years.
In Kwara State, all governors since 1999 are APC members save late Lawal who ruled under APP.
In Anambra state, ex-Govs Mbadiniju (4years), Nwabueze Chris Ngige (3years), and Peter Obi (8years) were Governors. Mbadinuju and Ngige are today APC members. That is a combined 7years between 1999-2014. PDP Obi held sway for 8 years.
Similarly, in Benue state George Akume was held sway from 1999-2007 (and has been Senator 2007 till date). He is an APC chieftain.
All Governors of Osun State between 1999 till date are APC members. Also in Ekiti state, of the 16 years, PDP’s Fayose only had four. Otunba Niyi Adebayo (4years), Segun Oni (3 years) and Fayemi (4years) are all BoT members of APC.
In Abia state, Uzo Kalu that held sway between 1999 to 2007 is a Chief of APC. APC Govs has been in power in Lagos state all through the period.
In Zamfara State, APC Governors held sway for TWELVE out of the 16years. In Rivers State APC Chieftain, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi was not only Governor for eight years (of the 16years), he also served as Speaker for the other part of 8years. Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong was a Speaker during the Joshua Dariye administration. The list is endless.
Credit: Oraye St. Franklyn