APC Is Frustrating Genuine Restructuring – PDP
NEWSMAN, Abuja – People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that a 2014 National Conference report, which embodies the desires and hopes of Nigerians has been shelved by President Muhammadu Buhari, since his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan handed it over to him in 2015 for implementation.
In a statement by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, the opposition party rejected “attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the system and frustrate the widespread clamour and efforts by majority of Nigerians for a genuine restructuring”.
“The PDP describes the plans by the APC to smuggle the partisan report of its committee on restructuring into the National Assembly to replace the 2014 National Conference Report, as an unpardonable assault on the sensibility of over 200 million Nigerians, whose collective interests are contained in the Conference Report.
“Nigerians are also alerted of a fresh ploy by some ambitious APC leaders to blackmail the legislature and create an impression of commitment to restructuring, just to beguile the people and soften the ground for their personal political and particularly, presidential ambitions ahead of the 2023 elections, the statement read.
“Our party stands at the forefront of efforts for genuine restructuring, but we hold that the authentic materials for a genuine restructuring are contained in the 2014 National Conference report, wherein, Nigerians, across all the divides, collectively provided a road map out of our constitutional quagmires; and not a partisan report by the APC.
“Our party therefore charges President Muhammadu Buhari to bring out the 2014 National Conference Report, dust it up and present it as an executive bill to the National Assembly to guide the desired amendment to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) with regard to restructuring. Nigerians can recall that in the campaigns that led to the 2019 elections, the PDP made genuine restructuring that captures the desires of Nigerians, the hallmark of our campaign”, it added.
PDP added that what “Nigeria needs today is a restructuring that is genuinely derived from the people and which guarantees true federalism, equity, justice, fairness as well as national cohesion, and not a partisan document being bandied by the APC”.