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Kanu Okoronkwo Silas
Abia State University
Political Science
200Level, Nigeria.
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Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former
Minister of Transport and chieftain
of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) yesterday lambasted the
ruling All Progressives Congress
(APC), saying there is nothing
progressive about the policies and
practices of the party.
Speaking in an exclusive interview
with Saturday INDEPENDENT in
Lagos, Babatope, a member of the
Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP
also said claims by some people
that the late Obafemi Awolowo
would have been a member of APC
if alive is a utter rubbish.
According to him, Awolowo while
alive fought against oppression of
the down-trodden and ensured
fairness, justice and equity for all
Nigerians irrespective of their
ethnic, religious or social
background. All these, he said are
lacking in APC.
“The APC call themselves
progressives but in actual fact.
There is no political party that is
progressive in Nigeria today.
Anybody who says Papa Obafemi
Awolowo would have been a part
of them if alive is just saying
nonsense and wasting his time.
“Awolowo believed very much in
the plight of the common people
and ensured that they have a fair
share in the governance of the
country. That is why Nigerians have
not forgotten the likes of Awolowo
“Where is the progressivism in APC
today? Under their government,
people are dying right, left, back
and centre in this country and yet
they say they are progressives.
Anytime I listen to the news in
Nigeria today, the first major items
are issues relating to killings,
kidnappings and mass murder.
What kind of progressiveness is
“I want to plead with them that
they should kindly put the interest
of Nigerians at heart. I am also
placing it on record that Nigeria is
greater than all of us and therefore
we must do everything that will
aid the cause of peace, justice and
fairness in the country.
“But as it is now, there is nothing
progressive about the APC. They are
only progressive by name, not by
conduct,” he said.

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