The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Monday expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023 no matter what.
Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfil its campaign promises to them.
The Minister who spoke with journalists on Monday in Abuja noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress on the promises and the good livelihood of Nigerians, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023 because it won’t be possible.
The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.
He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023 we are working tirelessly, certainly, if we keep our promises, people will vote for us as we are keeping. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.
“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do a hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started, so Apc is coming back come 2023 to finish what it hS started.
“Our opposition parties ought to think better than us in order to defeat us. Right now they are not doing that and I won’t teach them how to do it.”
Speaking further on the effect aggrieved members may have on the party’s fortunes in the next general elections, Fashola noted that the party’s caretaker committee is already working on such issues and all party members must cooperate with them to get the job done.
“It was a crisis that led us to have a caretaker committee, we must respect the caretaker committee, let it do its job. Those of us who didn’t contest party positions, let’s focus on our jobs too and stop getting in each other’s way.”Let’s be ready to support one another, every support that the caretaker committee requires, we will provide if it is within our means to do so. At the end of the day, we are governed by rules,” the former Lagos State Governor submitted.