National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun on Monday said it was a disgrace for the Nigerian military to celebrate the recapture of Chibok from Boko Haram insurgents.
Oyegun said this while receiving completed presidential expression of interest and nomination forms, from former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in Abuja, on Monday.
The party chairman noted that Nigeria has been so mismanaged that the rag tag Boko Haram sect was having a field day while the Peoples Democratic Party-led federal government was busy encouraging impunity in Ekiti State.
He said, “Today, we are celebrating a victory, how disgraceful? A country like Nigeria? 170 million people, Boko Haram drives you out of Chibok then you manage to reinforce and come back and drive them out and you are celebrating? What is there to celebrate?”
He, therefore, enjoined Atiku and all other aspirants for the party’s sole ticket to bear in mind that they were seeking for an opportunity to tackle the enormous challenge PDP’s misrule had brought on the nation.
Oyegun said, “That is the extent to which this nation has degenerated and that is the responsibility that falls on your shoulders.
“Have it in your heart, (and) at the back of your mind that you are dealing with a nation that needs salvaging, with a nation that needs redemption, with a nation that is virtually at the edge of the precipice and we are dealing with a party that just does not care, and even if they care, they don’t know what to do to get this nation out of the precipice”.
According to him, the need for change becomes evident with each passing day.
Mr. Oyegun condemned the action of seven members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, who sat on Monday to purportedly impeach the Speaker of the 26 member assembly.
He also said, the APC was proud of all its presidential aspirants for running what he termed a matured campaign for the ticket.
In his remarks, Mr. Abubakar said he was grateful to the party leadership for giving him the privilege to be the first to collect his nomination forms and the first to submit same.
He also said, “Let me assure you Mr. Chairman, we will continue to be loyal and dedicated party members no matter the outcome of this election.
“I want to therefore use this opportunity Mr. Chairman to return the two forms; expression of interest and also the nomination forms duly completed and accurately”.