The All Progressives Congress (APC), according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has remained the only political organization centered on social democracy, social protection, and social mobility, particularly for the underprivileged.
The vice president officially launched the APC Legal Compliance Committee on Monday at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja, according to a statement from Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande.
More than 1,400 federal and state elective positions will be decided by the committee in the February and March elections.
The event was attended by Mr. Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labor and Productivity, and Mr. Ahmad El-Marzuq, Coordinator of the Committee for the APC.
The committee, according to Osinbajo, was essential to the party’s ability to achieve its electoral goals in the federal and state elections of 2023.
The vice president urged the group’s members to take charge of the situation and stick with this important task.
“Ours is the only party founded on social democracy, social protection—social mobility for the underprivileged and justice for the harmed—and social protection.
“I am therefore pleased that we have gathered here a group of very dedicated party members who will be able to add great value to the party by defending its interests throughout the electoral process because they have chosen to pursue legal careers.
“Those of you that have worked with us in the build-up to the 2015 and the 2019 general elections know that the proactive approach we adopted, especially through the ear-on-the-ground work of the Presidential Legal Team, has provided us crucial head-start in tackling some of the challenges that we were confronted with,” he said.
Osinbajo said that the party’s manifesto in 2014, 2015 and 2023 contained the most detailed social investment policy.
He said that in 2015 APC became the first government to make budgetary provision of N500 billion for a comprehensive Social Investment Programme.
“Feeding 9.5 million children in our Home-grown School Feeding Programme, providing jobs for 500,000 unemployed graduates through our N-Power programme.
“Many deployed to primary schools in the hinterland as teachers, others trained under the N-TECH, N-BUILD.
“Our Government Enterprise and Empowerment (GEEP) programme provided two million informal traders with small loans via its TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni schemes.
“We also built up the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.
“Along with the World Bank and local communities we complied a register of the poorest Nigerians and began a programme of giving them a total of about N20,000 monthly per household and introduced livelihood support,” Osinbajo said.
Although APC’s opponents criticized the party for giving poor people money to start their own businesses, the vice said the party was still dedicated to helping the poor escape poverty.
Osinbajo recalled that the GEEP microcredit programs, run by the Bank of Industry (BOI), received numerous accolades, including two African Bankers Awards in addition to other international recognitions.
He claimed that the party was still dedicated to a liberal, left-of-center ideology.
Osinbajo continued by saying that despite difficulties with the world economy, the APC administration under President Muhammadu Buhari had made significant progress toward realizing this vision.
All loans are trackable, and the entire process is auditable, because each person who receives a loan has their information properly recorded on our electronic system.
These are accomplishments that even our critics are aware of, though they only acknowledge them in private.
“Given where we were in 2014, the difficulties we overcame, and the very real threat of having everything the Buhari administration, our state governors, and our legislators at the national and state levels have accomplished undone, we cannot afford to be complacent.
Instead, he said, “we need to take the initiative.
According to the vice president’s list of the committee’s duties, one of them is to make sure that all internal party structures and outside engagements are carried out in accordance with established operating procedures and the law.
He added that it involved upholding strict compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations in order to protect the party’s campaign at all levels from violations.
He added, “And to create compliance protocols and checklists, train campaign staff, and create compliance reports for the party, among other things.”
Keyamo had earlier emphasized the significance of the committee, particularly in light of the upcoming national elections, while thanking the vice president for his dedication to the party and country.
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He acknowledged that the committee faced a sizable task but expressed confidence that, with the vice president’s and other stakeholders’ support, it would be able to successfully carry out its mandate prior to, during, and after the general elections.
El-Marzuq stated that a team of carefully chosen attorneys was tasked with offering the party’s full range of legal services throughout the campaign season.
He claimed that the committee members were ready to carry out their various responsibilities.