Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Planning Secretary of the All Progressives Congress National Presidential Campaign Council (APC), has called on politicians to institutionalize values that will accelerate the country’s socio-economic development.
Ndoma-Egba made the call when members of APC’s National Integrity Movement (ANIM) visited him in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that it is time for politicians to change their values and attitudes for the good and development of the country.
According to him, there is no country that has developed just because someone has power, explaining that development passes through the orientation of values.
“So we need to start integrating values into our politics, if you take some of the countries, like China, the US, Japan and a few others, you will see values in their leadership styles,” he said.
Ndoma-Egba, who is also a former chairman of the Niger Delta Commission (NDDC), noted that the 2023 general election would be different from previous elections in the country.
He said that only those who work for the party would be compensated, emphasizing the need for everyone to be on board.
“The attitude that we must take for the next elections is the act of volunteerism. So we need to encourage the concept of volunteering at APC,” he said.
He did, however, pledge his support for the movement.
In his remark, the movement’s national leader Abubakar Saadu said his mission was to build strong partnership, unity and understanding among the party’s stakeholders.
He promised that the group would also identify party challenges and propose solutions on how best to resolve them amicably at the party level.
ANIM Leader Mark Tersoo, Benue, said the visit was to devise ways to reach out to the party’s main stakeholders when it comes to the upcoming election.
“The group is made up of people who have the interest of the game at heart and we believe we have what it takes to keep this game going.
“Unfortunately, like any other party, we have our own problems, but these are problems that we need to look inward and be able to solve,” he said.
He also added that the group was seeking the support of Ndoma-Egba to move the party forward.
“We are here to tell you that you are one of those people who we believe will be able to organize the leaders to support the ideas on which the party is based.
“Because from now on, if we don’t continue as a party, we are going to allow ourselves to make a fool of ourselves.
“That’s why we’re here, because for someone like you, you brought a lot of goodwill, you added value to the party,” he said.
Mr. Chris Okaeban, leader of Edo ANIM, said that the movement was created to defend what the party stands for.
“ANIM is going to be in the gap of those who really dominate this value politically, which also brought a lot of good will in its various horizons, constituencies and its zones.
“Given the ideas that he has politically, I just want to say that he has been an epitome of humility and loyalty and has provided leadership and a ladder for others to climb.
“So ANIM deemed him worthy as one of our leaders to make this August visit today, we believe he can still provide us with that platform to win the next election,” he said. (NAN)