APC not against re­struc­tur­ing — Oye­gun

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Muideen Olaniyi

The Na­tional Chair­man of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun, says the party is not op­posed to any move to re-struc­ture the coun­try through true fed­er­al­ism and de­vo­lu­tion of power which are cap­tured in its con­sti­tu­tion and man­i­festo.

Chief Odigie-Oye­gun said this yes­ter­day at the APC Na­tional Sec­re­tar­iat in Abuja while in­au­gu­rat­ing a 23-mem­ber com­mit­tee on true fed­er­al­ism led by Gov­er­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai of Kaduna State.

The com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished by the APC Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC), fol­low­ing the per­sis­tent calls for re­struc­tur­ing in Nige­ria by var­i­ous groups and promi­nent per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar.

The APC Na­tional Chair­man said the party could claim own­er­ship of the need for true fed­er­al­ism be­cause it was one of the prin­ci­pal points ne­go­ti­ated to­ward the for­ma­tion of the party.

“It is, there­fore, to­tally in­con­ceiv­able for un­in­formed mem­bers of the pub­lic to jump on this band­wagon of re­con­sti­tut­ing the fed­er­a­tion to give the im­pres­sion that the party was in any way against the prin­ci­ple of tak­ing a fresh look at the ba­sis of our fed­er­al­ism.

“For us, it is al­ready a mantra. We know that there are things that need to be tin­kered with, with­out, in any way, sac­ri­fic­ing and jeop­ar­diz­ing the fun­da­men­tal unity of the fed­eral re­pub­lic of Nige­ria,” he also said.

He said the com­mit­tee should dis­charge the assignment “speed­ily” since the de­bate was be­ing used by the op­po­nents of the party who had not even de­fined what re­struc­tur­ing meant to them.

In his re­marks, the chair­man of the com­mit­tee, Gov­er­nor El-Ru­fai, said part of the man­i­festo and cam­paign com­mit­ment of the APC was the need to en­sure a bal­anced fed­er­a­tion.

He said the com­mit­tee had al­ready met three times and iden­ti­fied 12 key is­sues that needed to be dis­cussed by Nige­ri­ans to have a clear di­rec­tion, roadmap and steps to be taken to clar­ify and ar­tic­u­late the po­si­tion of the APC on the sub­ject of true fed­er­al­ism, re­struc­tur­ing, and de­vo­lu­tion of power among oth­ers.

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