The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has lambasted the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former Lagos state governor while describing the PDP government as irresponsible and spendthrift said it was the pursuit of good governance, that brought the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari to power.
Tinubu made this known while speaking at a public presentation of a book entitled “The Challenges of Good Governance in Nigeria,” written the founding Chairman of APC, Chief Adebisi Akande on Tuesday at Sheraton Hotel & Suites, Abuja.
The APC chieftain also described former Senate President Bukola Saraki as reactionary, who fought for business as usual and against reform.
Tinubu said: “It has been the challenges of good governance, or may I say the pursuit of good governance, that compelled the APC forward.
“That led the people to elect and re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari. This pursuit has also shaped the public life and career of the person we honour here, Chief Bisi Akande.
“Over the years, obstacles to good governance were constructed so that a few people might unduly benefit at the expense of many.
“This process went on for years. It distorted our society. Our institutions became so corrupted that they often worked against their stated purposes. Vice became virtue. Governance turned into misgovernance and then misrule. Wrong became right.
“The social compact at the core of our collective existence was being disregarded if not discarded, not by the people but by those who led them.
“But justice and hope do not disappear. They remained in the hearts of man even during the worst of times. We have been on sometimes slow, but nevertheless inescapable evolution toward progressive good governance.”
Speaking on the book, Tinubu stated that Bisi Akande had identified challenges to governance which are institutional, psychological, political and economic.
He said many issues raised in the book are matters of the deepest concern to our party, APC, and President Buhari’s administration.
“For example, with regard to the institutional relationship between the presidency and legislature, you might recall that not too long ago the ability of this government to deliver on key aspects of its mandate was hampered because the National Assembly was controlled by reactionary elements that fought for business as usual and against reform,” the APC leader said.
“This situation has been corrected by the sovereign will of the people during the last election. What emerged is a new National Assembly leadership committed to progressive reform.”