PDP faults APC’s sudden interest in restructuring
- PDP says it has amended its constitution to suit the demands of restructuring
- The opposition party states that the APC has nothing more to offer Nigeria and Nigerians
- The PDP says making empty promises is the stock in trade of the ruling party
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the sudden interest the All Progressive Congress (APC) has in restructuring as a plot to deceive Nigerians ahead of 2019 elections.
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The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, made the statement on Sunday, August 20, in reaction to a statement credited to the national publicity secretary of the APC, Bolaji Ojo-Abdullahi, that the opposition party was never interested in restructuring
In the statement made available to Legit.ng, the PDP which faulted Bolaji Abdullahi’s statement said the sudden interest of the ruling party in restructuring after APC top officials said the party did not promise restructuring in its manifesto during the campaigns in 2015 was deceitful.
The PDP said it is not against the restructuring of the system of governance in the country in a manner that places Nigeria firmly on the path of growth, development and prosperity.
The opposition party said the fact that it amended its constitution to include the equitable devolution of power among other changes reflects its commitment to restructuring.
It said: “Indeed, our Party's commitment to constantly seeking solutions to the Challenges confronting the Nation caused us to amend our Party's Constitution to include the equitable devolution (decentralization) of power for greater functionality, national integration and rapid economic and social reconstruction, amongst other things. Examples can be found in Preamble 2(b) and (e), Section 7(b) and (f), and many more provisions of our Party Constitution.
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“It is against the Backdrop of our Party's commitment to restructuring the system of socio-political governance in Nigeria for better functionality and efficiency that the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan summoned a National Conference to recommend amendments to the Nigerian Constitution. This Conference submitted a report with several proposed amendments to the Constitution which the APC led Federal Government has refused to implement more than 2 years later."
The PDP stated that the APC had nothing more to offer Nigeria and Nigerians, adding that the ruling party only resorts to unbridled propaganda as a ploy to deceive Nigerians and distract them from the topical issues.
The opposition party urged Nigerians not to take the APC serious, noting that making empty promises was the stock in trade of the ruling party.
Read the full statement by the PDP below:
Meanwhile, south west leaders met in Lagos on Sunday to unfold plans for an upcoming Yoruba “Grand Rally on Restructuring”.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the chairman, Organising Committee for the rally, Dr Kunle Olajide, said that the rally, scheduled to hold in Ibadan on September 7, would be a one-agenda-congress on restructuring.
The meeting, which held at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja, saw key leaders from the zone, such as Pa Reuben Afosoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Amos Akingba in attendance.
In the video below, Legit.ng TV asks some Nigerians if they support calls for the restructuring of Nigeria.