Yesterday, October 25, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja, the chairman of the progressive governors’ forum, Rochas Okorocha, guaranteed Nigerians that the APC-led government will take Nigeria to the promised land. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Rochas Okorocha Okorocha also said: “We are only trying to clear the mess of the past. But we must take responsibility and we must never shift the responsibility to anyone. “As APC, we 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.” This statement of acceptance by the APC was sensational as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), rushed to issue statements of their own. However, what are the likely reasons behind the acceptance? Here are some of them: 1. To garner support The APC party has been playing the blame game for a very long time. Yesterday, was obviously the day, they decided to give it up and accept responsibility for the current state of the economy. It is likely that in accepting and owning up, they hope to gain the support of the Nigerian people. This can be deduced from their choice of words: “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.” READ ALSO: APC, Buhari should accept responsibility for deceiving Nigerians – PDP 2. Recession time period While the APC played the blame game, they most likely figured that they could fix the recession and then take the glory for fixing problems they inherited from the PDP. However, the recession has proven to be far longer than any other and it looks like there is no relief in sight. This might be why they have decided to accept responsibility while working towards a solution. Like Okorocha said: “I am sure that by next year you will begin to see changes: the price of rice will drop, price of dollar will begin to stabilize and we will see a lot of challenges, but at this painful moment, nobody likes it.” 3. They have been in power for more than a year When the APC had been in power for only about four or five months, blaming the preceding government for all the woes of the country was still a feasible option. Now, having stayed in power for over a year, they can not possibly continue in that line of thought, and have decided to accept responsibility as their own. This explains why Okorocha stated that the party cannot continue to shift blame for the nation’s woes, saying it was time to take responsibility.
After APC ends blame game, PDP launches attack 4. Focus Blaming the previous government is likely one way to put the pressure off the APC. However, their acceptance will put more pressure on them and force them to intensify efforts to solve the problem at hand. Rochas Okorocha said: “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.” Meanwhile, the PDP has asked the APC to respect due process in it’s fight against corruption. The party added that it had condemned the re-arrest of Chief Femi Fani Kayode by the EFCC on the premises of Lagos High Court, Lagos State. “We ask, when will due process be respected by this APC led government of attrition?” PDP said. Here is Reno Omokri speaking on the recession in Nigeria: