National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said this in a Democracy Day message on Saturday.
He noted that the election which ushered in the Buhari administration was one which the party’s National Working Committee, elders, leaders and members would remain grateful to Nigerians for.
The statement partly read: “President Buhari has, in the last year, worked hard to repair Nigeria’s previously tarnished image in the international community; restored the territorial integrity of our country by ensuring the containment of the erstwhile rampaging Boko Haram insurgency and has waged an unrelenting and vigorous war against corruption as he promised in his electioneering campaign.
“The President, being fully aware of the tough economic challenges facing Nigerians, has directed his focus on the salvaging of our battered and prostrate economy.
“The very parlous state of the economy inherited by this administration, which has been further battered by the collapse of the price of crude oil and the massive corruption by the past administration, does not need any further restating.
“However, the government has courageously faced these challenges by taking tough decisions necessary to bring our economy back to buoyancy and self-sustaining growth.”
Odigie-Oyegun explained that one of such tough but inevitable decisions was the liberalisation of the petroleum downstream sector and the consequent hike in petrol price which led to a call out of workers on an indefinite strike by labour.
The chairman assured Nigerians that the APC administration held their trust to be sacred and would do all humanly possible to ensure that the tough times did not last.
According to him, the 2016 budget which includes N500bn dedicated to social intervention will begin to have positive impact very soon.
He called on Nigerians to put aside any differences and join President Muhammadu Buhari to design and lay a strong foundation for a new economy that assures self-sustaining growth and shared prosperity for our people.
Speaking in a similar vein, former Vice President and chieftain of the APC, Atiku Abubakar said democracy, despite its limitations and challenges, remained the best form of government anywhere in the world.
In his statement to mark the day, Atiku explained that the freedom of choice was one of the most important ingredients of the democratic system.
The statement which was signed on his behalf by his Media Office, on Saturday quoted the former Vice President as saying, “no sane society would choose despotism over democracy because, under dictatorship, dissent is met with death or torture.”