The All Progressives Congress (APC) said the Buhari administration has been sincere in its approach to governance, National Secretary of Caretaker Committee Senator John Akpanudoedehe said yesterday.

Akpanudoedehe, who said the party’s membership has hit 20 million, said Buhari’s empathy towards the people has birthed the largest Social Investment Programme (SIP).

He made the disclosures during a session with the Ambassador of the Republic of China to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun in Abuja.

According to him, the Communist Party of China shares a lot of similarities with the ruling party.

He said: “Political parties are by far, the most important ingredient of participatory democracy and should therefore play critical roles in fostering a world of peace, interconnectivity, global trade, and development.

“Today, technology has created avenues for people to fit into a digital community to which they are mentally connected. This has also brought greater interaction amongst communities, and governments and has enhanced international trade and the exchange of ideas, beliefs and culture across distant localities.

“The Communist Party of China shares a lot of similarities with the APC. From a membership of less than a 100 persons in 1921 to more than 92 million today, the CPC has led the people of China from poverty to prosperity over the past 100 years.

“The APC has just been around for less than a decade and we are talking of a membership of over 20 million persons.

“The CPC-led government of China has fully implemented the 5-sphere integrated plan for promoting economic, political, cultural, social and ecological progress, and co-ordinated progress of the 4-pronged comprehensive strategy to build a moderately prosperous society.

“The APC and the CPC have a lot in common in serving the people.

“The APC-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari is very sincere in its approach to governance. His empathy towards the people has birthed the largest social investment programme ever witnessed in this part of the globe.

“For instance, the COVID-19 loans targeted at SMES that were hit by the pandemic; the N-Power Scheme targeted at persons below 35 years (at N30,000 each and about 2 million young Nigerians have benefitted thus far and the conditional-cash-transfer to the poorest of the poor is  also on board.”

Akpanudoedehe said his mission to the embassy was to  ”show comradeship with a view to deepening the relationship that exists between our two great political parties-the Communist Party of China and the APC.”

On power, Akpanudoedehe  said: “The Mambilla Power Project is receiving attention after decades of neglect and holds the potential of ramming up Nigeria‘s electric output by over 12 per cent.

“Of course, some Chinese companies are involved, as well as the China Exim bank. This is a positive for both countries.”

Ambassador Jianchun said: “We must uphold mutually beneficial cooperation.

“The problems facing the world are intricate and complex. With a shared vision, we must mutually beneficial cooperation.

“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and an important and strategic ally of China. We need experience sharing on common interests, regional economy and industrial development.”