Tom Ohikere, the Deputy National Chairman, North, All Progressives Congress, APC, support group, says achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration are under reported.
Mr Ohikere who doubles as the National Coordinator of the Broom Platform, another APC media support group, stated this while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that there was the need to project the administration’s achievements to the public ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This, he said, was the reason the platform was planning to undertake a media tour of the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
He, however, said that the tour which was earlier schedule to commence on November 5, had been rescheduled to a date to be made public later.
He explained that the reason the tour was rescheduled, was for the platform to streamline its activities with that of the APC as it prepares for the 2019 electioneering campaign.
According to him, the rescheduling is necessary to conform to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, guideline on campaign time table.
Mr Ohikere said the tour would produce physical evidence to authenticate the development claims of the APC across the states of the federation.
He added that the tour would ensure a comprehensive media appraisal and documentary of the laudable projects of Buhari and the APC governors.
He said that it was also to complement APC on publicity, saying that the team would focus on achievements on infrastructure development.
He said that they would focus on areas of housing, health, power, transportation, agriculture and education.
“We are going to show Nigerians the impact analysis of what the government has done and its policy of continuity.
“President Buhari has continued the projects left and abandoned by successive governments and this is a landmark achievement,’’ he said.
Mr Ohikere stressed that the platform owed the APC a moral obligation to contribute its quota towards its electoral victory in 2019.
He maintained that the APC-led Federal Government had recorded tremendous successes in governance by investing huge financial resources in key sectors of the economy.
He said it was, however, regrettable that the achievements of the administration was under reported, adding that the public had been misinformed most times.
“It is therefore, our observation that a lot still needs to be done in the areas of public awareness and citizens’ orientation on the “monumental achievements of our great party across the country,” he said.
Mr Ohikere said the media tour, which would include both local and international media organisations, would provide an excellent opportunity to ascertain the stages of infrastructure provided by the Federal Government.
According to him, pictorial facts collected during the tour will be compiled in a publication to be circulated during the APC Presidential and governorship campaigns ahead of 2019 general elections.
He said the platform had planned to host the APC International Media Stakeholders Summit to address the media challenges inherent in the elections.
This, he said, was aimed at initiating capable platforms for combating fake news and hate speeches as well as mobilising media support.
“We promise to make this public project evaluation a very robust infrastructure impact benefits analysis of the APC administration,’’ he said.
Mr Ohikere, also said that the platform had already entered into a partnership with NAN to give visibility to the tour as well as project the APC-led administration’s achievements.
The Broom Platform is one of APC’s media support groups.