APC not against restructuring - Oyegun

APC chair Odigie Oyegun suggests PDP likely behind Igbo hate song

APC chair Odigie Oyegun suggests PDP likely behind Igbo hate song

National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said yesterday that the party refused to attend the 2014 National Conference called by former President Goodluck Jonathan as a matter of principle because the conference was politically motivated.

According to Odigie-Oyegun, it is only the APC that can claim ownership to the principle and the need for true federalism in the country.

Speaking further, Odigie-Oyegun said the idea of restructuring was nearly like a mantra for the APC, adding that the party appreciated the fact that the current federal structure needed to be tinkered with. From our constituent units, that was one of the principal points and when we sat down to negotiate this great union called the APC, it was one of the principal issues that was nearly like a no go item.

"The APC Constitution and the Manifesto that was vigorously canvassed during the general elections and on which platform our great party got elected has elaborately stated our position on these issues".

"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".

We know that there are things that need to be tinkered with, without in anyway sacrificing or jeopardising the fundamental unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The APC chairman said the task of the committee is both critical and very sensitive, especially in the light of the clamour for restructuring, devolution of power, fiscal federalism and resource control.

"It is your duty, especially having regard to the emotive nature of the national discourse on restructuring, to distil from our party's constitution and manifesto the various ideas being canvassed in the different constitutional conferences that have been held in this country". But I expect you to look at whatever document is available on this subject.

"I also expect you, at all times, that your anchor will be the constitution and manifesto of the party, because it is on that manifesto that we went to the public of this nation".

"´´I ask you to generate a report which will truly reflect the desire of our people and a true reflection of what our party stands for", he said.

Kaduna state Governor and chairman of the committee Nasir El Rufai said the issue of restructuring and fiscal federalism form part of the manifesto and campaign commitment to ensure that Nigeria enjoys a balanced Federation.

Also included are Mr Sullivan Chime, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim, Senator Osita Izunaso, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, Hajia Aisha Ismail and Ms. Sharon Ikeazor.

He said that the committee would visit 12 states in the country to meet with the people at the grassroots to collate their views on the issues with a view to proffering solution.

He started this on Thursday in Abuja, while inaugurating a 24-member committee on True Federalism to articulate the party´s position on restructuring of the country. Oserheimen Osunbor; APC National Organising Secretary, Sen.

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