Umeh: No Con­crete Com­mit­ment Yet from Buhari, Atiku on Re­struc­tur­ing

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - David-Chy­ddy Eleke

The Sen­a­tor rep­re­sent­ing Anam­bra Cen­tral in the Na­tional Assem­bly, Sen­a­tor Vic­tor Umeh has ac­cused can­di­dates of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) of merely play­ing pol­i­tics with their prom­ise of re­struc­tur­ing Nige­ria.

Umeh said the duo of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and Al­haji Atiku Abubakar were merely mouthing re­struc­tur­ing to gar­ner the sup­port of the peo­ple, but had not shown strong com­mit­ment to re­struc­tur­ing the coun­try.

Umeh said the na­tional con­fer­ence of 2014 brought to­gether the best brains in the coun­try from all walks of life, with 492 del­e­gates, which is presently big­ger that the size of the coun­try’s par­lia­ment.

The sen­a­tor who spoke to THIS­DAY in an in­ter­view in his home­town, Agu­lu­zoigbo in Anaocha Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Anam­bra State said any po­lit­i­cal party that did not com­mit to re­struc­tur­ing in spe­cific terms did not wish the coun­try well.

“That na­tional con­fer­ence has far reach­ing de­ci­sions that can help this coun­try. It also had the best brains in the coun­try from all walks of life.

“Re­struc­tur­ing Nige­ria would make the econ­omy of the states to re­bound be­cause peo­ple will re­turn to their orig­i­nal source of wealth as the zones will be­come com­pet­i­tive, and not the monthly rush to Abuja for al­lo­ca­tion.

“Both APC and PDP have not made firm com­mit­ment to re­struc­tur­ing Nige­ria, and any party that does not see re­struc­tur­ing as the cyno­sure of all eyes does not wish Nige­ria well.”

He said that while APC had made what he de­scribed as epilep­tic prom­ise by se­lect­ing parts of the re­struc­tur­ing doc­u­ment agree­able to them, the PDP can­di­date merely mouthed it, but re­fus­ing to state in spe­cific terms how it hopes to do it, and which part of the doc­u­ments it hopes to put to work.

“PDP said it would re­struc­ture, but what the can­di­date failed to note was that re­struc­tur­ing has com­po­nents, so he should tell us which of the com­po­nents it is amenable to.

“For now, only APGA(All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance) can­di­date, Gen John Gbor has truly com­mit­ted to re­struc­tur­ing Nige­ria. Nige­ri­ans should not be fooled, they should ask ques­tions be­cause only re­struc­tur­ing can truly bring peace and put away hate, mu­tual sus­pi­cion and oth­ers in Nige­ria.”

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