ational Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has said the party is not threatened about the formation of a “mega party”.
Odigie-Oyegun said the APC was focused on its mission made difficult by the recession.
The APC chairman said those behind the formation of the mega-party should be encouraged.
He absolved some party leaders of being behind the formation of a new party.
According to him, “We don’t feel threatened at all. No mega party will survive the APC. I don’t know where the name mega party suddenly came from.“We will in fact encourage a mega party, because with the gradual collapse of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) we want a party that can make us sit upright in terms of service delivery.
“A party that will challenge us and make democracy real. We are not threatened at all. We are focused on our mission made difficult by the economic situation. “We are reforming this country, reforming it ethically, morally and economically by building a fresh economic base, which will no longer depend on an extractive industry which does not involve the people. “Now we are pushing agriculture. We are pushing extractive minerals. We are pushing power generation and distribution because that will also energise the small and medium scale industry.
“We want an economy in which most Nigerians are participants, it is no longer oil which is highly technologically based. “So it is a different reality we are trying to build and establish. It involves sacrifices, hard work but what is necessary today is that we are focused. “What is real today is that the Federal Government is passionate about seeing this thing to a logical conclusion. “This nation must change and the change is so fundamental that there is no question at all that a lot of people are going through temporary hardship. “But the situation is such that tomorrow, everybody will be glad that we pursued this line of development, despite the problems we are facing,” he said.