Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has opened up on the reason the party is yet to fulfill its pre-election campaign promises.
Oyegun, who spoke during the first summit of the United Kingdom chapter of the APC in London last week, said the scale of corruption in Nigeria and the near collapse of the oil price have severely restricted the party from immediate delivery of electoral promises.
He said this had also affected fixing quick wins like evacuating generated electricity to the national grid. The summit, with the theme “Sustainable Development in Nigeria,” was chaired by Richard Fuller, member of the British Parliament for Bedford and Kempton, and the vice chair, All Parties Parliamentary Group (APPG) – Nigeria.
The event was attended by members of APC across the UK, the party’s representatives from the Scandinavia and the invited British guests.
Oyegun, who spoke on developing sustainable infrastructure from the perspective of the party’s manifesto, reaffirmed the party’s commitment to invest in critical infrastructure like energy, rail and roads to drive the country’s development.
He however said that widespread corruption in the country was hindering the party’s effort.
Oyegun believes that the party under President Muhammadu Buhari remained resolute in tackling Nigeria’s infrastructural deficits and other economic problems. He urged the British government to continue to support the Buhari administration in ways it could in fighting corruption, which he said was the main cause of infrastructural deficit in the country.