Atiku vs Osinbajo: APC breaks silence on war of words over restructuring


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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has waded in the restructuring debate between Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and solitary of his predecessors, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Yekini Nabena, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a remark on Sunday, said the party agrees with the set of Osinbajo on restructuring.

Osinbajo had stated that what Nigeria required was not geographic restructuring but excellent governance, sincere management of inhabitants resources, deeper fiscal Federalism and a lucid vision for development.

In its reaction, APC said that the calls for restructuring by numerous politicians were many times occasion a populist and opportunistic ploy to latch on and politically exploit simplistic inhabitants narratives on the panacea to Nigeria’s problems and not necessarily for its realism and practicability.

The party said: “Past administrations exhaust splashed billions of inhabitants funds to convene various national conferences, subsequently left convention reports to collect dust and achieved nobody. Bad governance, corruption, bigotry and other ills remain the limiting factors that go on to possess the state backside.

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“We must never succumb to ethnic champions who promote campaigns to breakup the state into modest bits or other unrealistic and unpatriotic proposals in the forename of restructuring to solve our problems as a state. It is simplistic and unconstitutional.

“For time, Alhaji Atiku was Vice President and Chairman of the National Economic Council during the eight years of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. How did he operate his office to right the imbalance in our federation he expresses {today}? Senator David Mark was Senate President for eight years and never sponsored a motion on restructuring. Today he is promising to restructure the state.

“We must be vigilant of latter-day converts to the matter of restructuring, exploiting the issue for populist political campaigns.

“With the birth of the President Buhari administration, a well-articulated roadmap, considering every one the issues involved in ensuring a fresh, well secured, better governed Nigeria with equitable distribution of resources within the section federating units, is being given serious attention.

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“Recall that the APC place up a Committee on True Federalism underneath the Chairmanship of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. The Committee submitted its report to the immediate-past National Working Committee, making its recommendations on twenty four items that Nigerians expressed views to balance our federation.

“These items are: creation of states; merger of states; delegation principle; fiscal federalism; devolution of power and resources between state, federal and local governments; federating units; form of government; independent candidacy; land tenure system; local government autonomy; power sharing and rotation; resource control; types of legislature; demand for affirmation for vulnerable groups – people with disabilities, women and youth; ministerial appointment; citizenship; state constitution; community participation; minimum wage; governance; judiciary; state re-alignment and border adjustment; circular status of the federation and referendum.”


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