Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday said that the outgoing government has ruined the economy.
He noted that the fact that the Federal Government was yet to pay April salaries showed how unhealthy the economy was.
“One of the issues that became of concern to all of us is the state of the Nigerian economy which is really in bad shape. We have come to notify the incoming president of the challenges ahead of him,” Okorocha said when the governors visited President-elect Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
“As it stands, most states of the federation have not been able to pay salaries and even the Federal Government has not paid April salary and that is very worrisome.
“By May and June, the salary will be in cumulative of three months. With the huge expectation from Nigerians and people who have voted us into power, we wonder. We are hoping that the president-elect will do whatever that is humanly possible to bring about a bailout not only in the states but the Federal Government, at least for people to get their salaries and turn around the economy.”
Okorocha therefore called on Nigerians to rally round the president-elect to achieve his aims irrespective of their political leanings.
The governor said he led his colleagues to the Defence House to pay Buhari a courtesy visit and familiarize governors with him and with one another.
“We came here to pay a courtesy call on the president-elect who will be sworn in on the 29th of this month as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and also to familiarize ourselves, both the new governors and the governors-elect.
“We have seen the reason to work together and support Mr President-elect and we have also called on all our brothers in other political parties to come along with us to build the Nigeria of our dream.
“In a nutshell, we have come to congratulate Buhari on a well deserved victory knowing that this victory, the change we have all been waiting for must only be dedicated to ordinary citizens of Nigeria, who stood up and voted accordingly.”