Fashola gives condition for APC to retain power in 2023


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The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has given the condition under which the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can retain power in 2023.

He disclosed this during an interaction with journalists covering the party’s activities in Abuja on Tuesday.

The APC-led Federal Government has come under intense criticism in recent times over worsening insecurity, fuel pump price increase, food price inflation, the clampdown on peaceful #EndSARS protests, among others.

However, the minister said that the party can retain power if it keeps its promises to Nigerians.

“To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, is that simple. That’s politics.

“If you do what you said you will do even if you don’t do 100 per cent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish something you started,” Fashola said.

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He also urged political parties that entered agreements to zone certain positions to honour such agreements.

The former Lagos State Governor said that even when the agreements were not written, it was only honourable for those who struck agreements abide by them.

“First let’s talk about law, let’s talk about agreement, the law is the Constitution. The Constitution decides the age at which you can contest certain offices and there is nothing in the Constitution that says zoning. All are political parties, political parties are clubs where you write agreements just like a social club and we can decide that it is the youngest person who will be the Chairman of the Club or we can decide that it is the oldest person or the next female or the next male, that is the matter of agreement between people.

“But the Constitution that sets up the climate of political parties’ formation does not prescribe zoning. The truth is that what makes an agreement specification is the honour in which it is made, not whether it is written. If it was written there would be no Court cases of breach of contract because it’s a document that is written and signed that goes to court.

“But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister can be breached, (it) is honour,” Fashola said.

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