Odigie-Oyegun said this on Friday in Abuja on the
occasion of the 77th birthday party organised in
honour by the APC’s workers.
The chairman appealed to Nigerians to support the
efforts of the administration in building a solid
foundation for a better tomorrow for all Nigerian
According to him, this is the last economic hardship
Nigerians will go through after the right structure
anchored on sound economic policies is put in
“God in his wisdom has provided APC to the nation
at this crucial time and in his wisdom gave us a man
of strong will, iron determination, courage in the
person of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“ God gave us a president who is ready to take
challenge, who has determined that this is the last
economic hardship this nation will ever go through.
“He has decided that we will never ever again
depend upon a single crop, so he is laying a very
solid foundation for the take off of this nation such
that all resources that God has endowed this nation
with whether it is anything.
“The Nigeria of tomorrow will be a Nigeria that
produces, that can give employment to its youth,
will be a nation that can provide plentiful
opportunities for its people.
“That is the Nigeria that President Muhammadu
Buhari is building and my appeal is that we should
all see ourselves as participants in this struggle, that
we have sacrifices we have to make to ensure we
get there,” he said.
Going down memory lane, Odigie-Oyegun said the
party at the beginning worked under very
challenging condition to reach where it is today,
He pledged readiness of the party to make life
better for all the staff that weathered the storm with
“I remember when we were just a few staff, when
this baby needed rehabilitation, when we had no
chairs, when members of the National Working
Committee were making sacrifices to prepare for
the election that has now become history in the
“We have set up a committee to look into the
working conditions of the staff of the national
secretariat headed by the deputy national chairman
south who has completed his assignment and we
will have reasons to smile in the few months
He said they knew things were bad with the
economy but did not know the extent to which
they were bad.
Speaking with newsmen afterward, the chairman
responding to questions about his youthful look
said life was a “lucky dip” and he got lucky.
“Most importantly, I don’t do anything that will
worry me or that will lead to threats. I have no
political enemies. I believe that there is room for
everybody, no particular individual is in your way.
“My mother used to say don’t do anything that you
want to see in the front page of the Daily Times,
when it existed. Lead a simple life, try to succeed by
trying to be the best, not by pulling anyone down.”
He said his sojourn into politics was by accident and
he had no regrets whatsoever and he would strive
to make his mark.
“No regrets joining politics whatsoever. It has
been an era of service to the nation. I will do
everything I can to influence events so that when
time comes I will be on my deathbed with a smile
on my face that this great coalition called the APC
removed an incumbent government and finally we are now on the road and now addressing those
issues that held this nation down.”(NAN)