By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja.
Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday said the ruling party cannot exonerate itself from the current hardship in the country.
Accordingly, the governors said the party must take responsibility for all that is happening in the country under its watch whether good or bad and whether it is directly responsible or not.
This position which marked a departure from their penchant to blame it all on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was in power for 16 uninterrupted years was canvassed after a meeting of the progressive governors forum with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Chairman of the forum, Mr. Rochas Okorocha who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting noted that whatever pains Nigerian are going through at the moment is a direct result of efforts by government to right the wrongs of the past.
He said: “There is no surgery that is not painful. Nigeria is going through a very serious economic surgery and that is the pains we are experiencing. We share the pains of Nigerians, every human being must feel it.
“We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience, let us do things the right way and do it once and for all. I am sure that by next year you will begin to see changes, the price of rice will drop, prices of dollars will begin to stabilize and we will see a lot of changes.
“But at this painful moment, nobody likes it. It is like a woman in the labour room, when she is in the labour room there is no joy but she has to pass through that moment and that moment she doesn’t wear her high heel shoes, no makeup, no champagne, no party; she is going through a process. But shortly after that process, joy cometh once she sees the child. So Nigerians should bear with us as a government.
“This was not a problem brought by APC government, it is a problem that has existed long before APC came to government and we are only trying to clear the mess of the past. But we must take responsibility and we must never shift the responsibility to anybody,
“APC you are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria, we are responsible. The good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it.”
Okorocha alsp disclosed that the APC governor has endorsed the outcome of the party governorship primary in Ondo which had been trailed by controversy.
He said the governors decided to okay the primary poll so as not to jeopardize its chances of winning the election scheduled for next month.
“We also looked at the issue of Ondo election and said we are happy that we have delivered the first state under this administration which is Edo. But in Ondo, the governors have decided to show support for that election so that APC will take over the government of Ondo state.”