PEOPLES Democratic Party,
PDP, has dismissed the report of
the All Progressives Congress,
APC, on restructuring as a ruse
and fresh attempt to beguile
Nigerians with another round
of lies, empty proposals and
hollow promises, ahead of 2019
elections, just as it did in 2015.
The party also said the report
is another calculated ploy by the
failed President Muhammadu
Buhari-led government to
divert public attention from
the woes of a worsening
economy, unrelenting killings,
corruption and the endless
litany of afflictions occasioned
by their almost three years of
dysfunctional governance.
PDP National Publicity
Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan,
in a statement on Wednesday,
said it amounts to outright
depravity that the same APC
leaders who at assumption of
office, rejected restructuring
will now suddenly turn
around to pose as fathers of a
restructured Nigeria simply
because the 2019 general
elections beckon.
The PDP said the fact that the
APC has no littlest intention
of implementing any form of
restructuring is completely
manifest in the attitude and
body language of its leaders
including President Buhari,
who in his 2018 new year address, rejected the idea of
restructuring, by declaring
that “When all the aggregates
of nationwide opinions are
considered, my firm view is
that our problems are more to
do with process than structure.”
Even Kaduna state governor,
Mallam Nasir el-Rufai,
who eventually became the
Chairman of the APC panel
on restructuring, had also
on June 29, 2017, during an
interview on Channels TV,
denied that the APC promised
restructuring and described
Nigerians, who were taking
his party to task on the issue,
as “political opportunists and
irresponsible” people.
This is in addition to
declaration by the Minister
of Information, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, who in a Radio
Nigeria (FRCN) interview
programme on June 9, 2017,
stated that restructuring is not
President Buhari’s priority.
From Borno state governor,
Kashim Shettima, who was
quoted to have said “to
hell with restructuring,” to
the totality of APC leaders,
none believes in either true
federalism or restructuring by
any name called.
As a matter of fact, it is
instructive to note that the
APC refused to rally its
members in the National
Assembly to support or vote
for any amendment that dwelt
on restructuring when the
federal legislature voted on
sections of the constitution
where amendments have been
proposed in the direction of
restructuring.
If anything, APC leaders
have consistently criticized
any amendment that
spoke or have a semblance
of restructuring or true
federalism.
It is therefore deceptive that
in the wake of their rejection
by the people, the discredited
APC and its dysfunctional
government have suddenly
woken up to parade as
champions of a restructured
Nigeria. This is a callous and
wicked attempt to once again
take Nigerians on a trip to the
land of fantasy.
We therefore urge Nigerians
to reject the new ploy by the
APC to deceive them for their
votes in 2019.

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