The All Progressives Congress has reportedly put in motion a strategy to win over the south-south and south-eastern parts of Nigeria ahead of 2019 when the country would be facing a general election by setting up a committee.
The committee, according to the New Telegraph, is to review the performance of the party in the last governorship election in Anambra state as its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, reportedly said the sub-body would look at how the party can find its way into the heart of the south-east in 2019.
The four-member team is thought to be headed by the ex- governor of Ekiti state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, and was certain 30 living to accomplished its assignment.
spoken language scarcely before the invention of the committee, Odigie-Oyegun reiterated the weight of the two regions.
The south-east and the south-south would be crucial and disapproving for our victory in 2019.
“Not from the summit of view of information of votes as we are comparatively confident, having dead through our opening development that the APC would conduct the day in 2019 but for us it is life-threatening that the S/E and S/S in cooperation these geographical zones come up with contributed immensely to the survival of this nation, then requisite effusive be represented in come again? is on offer to be a extremely native command of the APC in 2019.
“So, erudition from the experience, in this scrupulous assignment of the south-east - the conclusion of the Anambra choice - in which l necessity in my opinion confess that l was disappointed in provisos of votes that we got at that election. I estimated a a great deal surpass end result than that.
much better result than that.
“It has become necessary therefore drawing from that at this early stage to examine why the votes that the APC scored were much lower than we expected.
“So, today we are inaugurating a strategic committee and the mandate is for you, Chief Niyi Adebayo and your team to do a forensic examination of what could have gone wrong; why did we not do well as we expected? What were the factors that contributed to our low score.
“We did much better compare to the 2015, no question about that but in all fairness, given the work we put in and given the reactions of the public and the rest of it there was no question at all that we ought to have done a lot better.
“So, the question today is why. It is important that we are using Anambra as a trigger.
“The terms of reference were drafted and appropriately worded to give you the scope to look at the possibilities - God forbid- a repetition of what happened in Anambra in other states in the south-east.
“We want to start early; we want to strategize early; we want to plan early; we want to be confident that after we have done our field work and the reward from the field work is commensurate with the efforts that we have put in. I want to be partisan here, we want a situation where we will win handsomely in the south-east.
“l mentioned the south-south when l started. The circumstances are slightly different but we are going to have the same type of strategic team for the S/S.
“The issues are different, the environment is different, the circumstances are different but it is necessary also that we bind the S/S into the national power framework that we expect to emerge in 2019," he said.
The report quoted ThisDay as saying that Odigie-Oyegun said the APC would be prompt and vigorous in its preparation for the election.
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