The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has dismissed claims that President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected restructuring.
Abdullahi, who was reacting to the President’s January 1st nationwide address on Monday, said there was nothing in the President’s speech to suggest that he had foreclosed a debate on the issue.
The APC spokesmen said, “Quite significantly, he (the President) also touched on the issue of restructuring; this is something he has not really touched on in the past at all.
“What the President said is that ‘Look, I am not ruling out restructuring’ but he also noted that the problem with us is not really the system but the processes, that whatever form of government or whatever structure or position we take regarding restructuring depends on how well we manage it.
“Some people say he has rejected restructuring, no. But he is saying that government welcomes all ideas on how to improve the country, that is like saying come let’s have a conversation. We are confident that we are going to see more developments (this year).”
Abdullahi equally noted that there were so many things to take away from the President’s speech because the fact that it was generating a lot of interest among Nigerians was significant.
He explained that it also meant that the President’s speech was broad and comprehensive with a lot of specifics on the administration’s plans to improve infrastructure.
According to him, the President’s decision to include specific timelines for most of the projects is an indication that he is saying he should be held accountable.
He also commended the President for his renewed commitment to dealing with our internal security challenges across the nation.
A statement issued by the party’s spokesman, announced the party’s decision after a meeting of the National Working Committee and the governors on the party’s platform.
The statement issued on July 20, 2017 partly read, “The All Progressives Congress notes that with various agitations on restructuring, the concept has assumed several disparate meanings.
“In the light of this, at the fifth regular joint APC national working committee (NWC)/APC governors meeting on 19th July, 2017 a committee was set up to articulate the party’s notion on restructuring.”
“It said the committee would be chaired by Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.
“Other members of the committee include Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano; Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau, Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun and Oserheimen Osunbor, former governor of Edo State.
“Others are Osita Izunaso, national organising secretary; Bolaji Abdullahi, Hajiya Fatima Balla as well as Olubunmi Adetunmbi (secretary).”
Not much has been heard about the committee’s activities after it engaged several segments of the Nigerian society to collate views.
When The PUNCH contacted the Secretary of the Committee, Senator Olubunmi Adetunbi, on the fate of the committee’s assignment following the President’s remarks, he was not forthcoming.
He said, “I am sorry, I cannot talk to you on the phone.” He also did not respond to a request for an appointment for a face to face meeting on the subject.