A former Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, on Wednesday publicly declared his membership of the All Progressive Congress.
In an interview with journalists in Ilorin to announce his membership of APC, he claimed that only APC held the key to a credible political future for Nigeria.
Abdullahi advised Nigerians to seek change at national affairs and demand better governance. A transcript of what he said to press men in Kwara State.
“The question you should ask yourself is whether you are better off today than you were six years ago; whether the education your children receive today is better than what they received six years ago and whether the health services available to you is better than what was obtainable six years ago?
“If you conclude that they are better, then there is no need for you to change, but if like many of us, you face the reality that they are not, then you will understand why we say that we need a change.
“I have served both at the state and national level and I am convinced now that I should be more involved in contributing to solving problems, not just writing about them (problems) again and that is why I am now a full member of the APC.
“Yes, I used to see myself as a technocrat and it was strategic because I needed to have an environment to perform the job I was given without necessarily becoming political or promoting myself because whether as a commissioner or minister, I was only there by the recommendation of my bosses and I needed to do the work assigned to me without failing.
“However, I also discovered that much as that gave me the opportunity to perform, the truth also was that it became a limitation in some ways because when the decisions are to be made which would affect the people, technocrats are not allowed to be in such gathering. They are only called upon to implement the decisions and even in doing that, he has to be careful because it may affect the fortunes of the politician.”
Bolaji worked with President Goodluck Jonathan and was sacked following his loyalty to senator Bukola Saraki a chieftain of the APC in Kwara State.