The ruling All Progressives Congress has revealed its plans to cast home victories in the forthcoming off-season elections in the country.
Disclosing this while speaking to newsmen after inspecting the ongoing rehabilitation projects at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said the party is ready to increase its counts as state governors and legislative seats at both the National and State Assemblies.
According to him, the party plans to increase its number of state governors, and lawmakers, both at the state and federal level during the polls.
Ganduje said: “Our blueprint is to increase the number of legislators that we have in the country. The number of governors that we have in the country and by implication the number of state houses of assemblies. That is why we said APC will be active throughout the year.”
The Chairman also added that the National Working Committee of the party would ensure an all-year-round active party, assuring that the party under his watch will not only be active during election season.
“In our tradition, usually political parties as institutions are only active during the electioneering. But in developed democracies, political parties as an institution are active because they are not only limited to election and recruitment of membership.
“It is two-way traffic. It gives the progress of the government to the people and also gives recommendations on its manifestos. That is how the government is assessed. That is how Renewed Hope is achieved,” he added.
Ganduje who also commented on the ongoing rehabilitation works at the party secretariat in Abuja, said the projects were geared towards the progress and improved status of the party.
“The ongoing renovation works in our Secretariat are for the progress of the party and the nation. Before, there was no church, nobody goes to church on the premises, but now, we have a church. The mosque is also undergoing rehabilitation work. We have shops to avoid street hawking around the building. And we have concrete drainage,” Ganduje said.
The former Kano Governor however promised to equip the party’s media centre with modern communication facilities that will enable live broadcasts from the centre to various media organisations in Nigeria.
“The media centre in terms of its outlook and equipment. I have not seen any symbols of modern gadgets. We are not in an analogue period. But, I think what I have seen here is an analogue. Our media people are not analogues. So, let us turn the media centre into a digital platform. I want you to discuss this with my Chief of Staff. I want a media centre such that from here you can talk to media houses sometimes live,” Ganduje stated.