THE National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulahi Ganduje, has said that the party would establish a National Institute of Progressive Study.
He added that the party would also establish functional offices in all 8,813 wards across the country to bring symbolic representation of the party closer to the people.
The chairman disclosed this Saturday during the inauguration of Kogi State Gubernatorial Campaign Council.
He said he believed that progressivism as a political ideology can be deployed to improve the lives of millions of Nigerians and society through appropriate political action and social reform based on advancement in science, technology, economic development and social organisation.
Ganduje stated: “It is pertinent to also note that we have initiated and concluded plans to structure our party into a truly grassroots progressive party by opening full-fledged and functional offices in all 8,813 wards in Nigeria.
“This is to enable our members across the country to have both a symbolic representation of our party in their neighbourhood and, a place for active interaction between and among members on one hand, and members and leadership at different tiers of government on the other hand.
“In addition, our vision is to institutionalise the progressive ideology in the body politic of our country. We indeed believe that progressivism as a political ideology can be deployed to improve the lives of millions of our compatriots and our society through appropriate political action and social reform based on advancement in science, technology, economic development and social organisation. To crystalise this vision, we are at the concluding stage of establishing a National Institute of Progressive Study.
“This Institute, going forward, will facilitate the channelling and integrating the nation’s progressive minded politicians into the substance, orientation and practice of progressive ideology and political best practices. This will certainly amplify our difference from other political parties that are only interested in capturing power.”
Ganduje stressed the party would ensure that with the kind of graduates the institute will be producing from time to time, the Nigerian political space will be populated by truly progressive minded politicians.
The chairman also called on all party members and stakeholders to rally round APC governorship candidate to succeed in the forthcoming election in Kogi State.