Governor Rochas Owelle Okorocha of Imo state said yesterday that it was time the All Progressives Congress (APC) stopped the current blame game and take full responsibility for the country’s current economic woes.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting of APC governors with President Muhammadu Buhari, Okorocha said even though some of the problems had existed long before the APC came to power, the party should not shift the responsibility to anybody.
He said: “This was not a problem brought by APC government; it is a problem that has existed long before APC came to government and we are only trying to clear the mess of the past. But we must take responsibility and we must never shift the responsibility to anybody, APC you are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria we are responsible. The good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it.
“There is no surgery that is not painful. Nigeria is going through a very serious economic surgery and that is the pains we are experiencing. We share the pains of Nigerians; every human being must feel it. We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience let us do things the right way and do it once and for all.”
Okorocha, who is the chairman of APC Governors Forum, said their meeting with the President centred on nomination of 46 non-career ambassadors-designate and federal government agricultural policies, among other things.
He said the governors also discussed with the President on the release of 21 Chibok girls, saying that whatever action the federal government took to bring back the girls should be repeated so that the rest of the girls can be freed.
“We also encouraged him on the fight against corruption that he should continue. We know that in the pursuit of good programmes certain lapses will be noticed and there is nothing wrong in pursuing a good course. We encouraged and thanked him for the efforts he is making to move this country forward.”
He said the meeting also deliberated on the success of the APC at the just concluded gubernatorial elections in Edo state, being the first state to be delivered under the present administration, and resolved to support the party in the forthcoming polls in Ondo state.
On whether the internal strife in APC would affect the fortunes of the party, Okorocha said: “I agree with you to some extent but I believe before the election all things will be fixed right because Ondo is coming back to APC and we would do all we can. These were some of the things we discussed.”
Okorocha said the APC governors also complained on the nomination of 46 ambassadors-designate by the President, especially in view of rejection of the nominations by the nominee from Plateau, Mrs. Pauline Tallen and her Katsina state counterpart, Mr. Usman Bugaje.
Speaking further on the nomination, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state said Tallen’s rejection of the ambassadorial nomination was more of sacrifice.
Lalong, while hailing Tallen for her political maturity, said a little consultation would have saved the federal government the embarrassment.
He said all federal appointments in state have been from the southern zone, which necessitated uproar from the central and northern parts of the state.
“Pauline is an astute politician from my state, and part of the issue we also raised was on some of the appointments that were made. So, all the states that had complaints are going to put it in writing and the President promised that he is going to look into it,” he said.