PDP’s Understanding of Restructuring Nigeria is Shallow - APC

By Factnews on 22/08/2017

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) definition and understanding of the restructuring of Nigeria as shallow and far from what Nigerians are asking for.

The ruling party, while reacting to PDP’s scathing criticism, urged the opposition to stop misleading Nigerians on the issue of restructuring since it failed to address it during its 16 years in office.

APC said as the ruling party between 1999 and 2015, PDP organised two national conferences, in 2005 and in 2014 but failed to implement its reports.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said it was currently working with reports of previous national conference.
“But the appropriate behaviour would be for them to respect the efforts we are currently making to deliver on our party’s manifesto on restructuring.

“It must interest the PDP that we have dusted up the reports of their national conferences from the shelves they had left them to gather dust and those reports are now forming part of the work we are doing with our committee, which they have tried hard to denigrate.

 “For the avoidance of doubt, the APC believes in the restructuring of the country. It is at the very heart of our party’s manifesto as explicitly stated in Section 3 (1) thus: “We will devolve more revenue and powers, such as policing to states and  local government so that decision making is closer to the people. We pledge to bring the government closer to the people through fiscal and political decentralisation, including local policing,’’ the ruling party said.

 APC  said it was concerned about PDP’s rather shallow interpretation of restructuring as against what is desired by Nigerians.
The party said a cursory review of the referenced parts of its  constitution suggests that  either the PDP is “deliberately out to mislead or it just does not have an appropriate understanding of the restructuring that Nigerians clamour for.

 “For instance, preamble 2(b) of the PDP constitution quoted by Adeyeye states:  ‘To work together under the umbrella of the party for the speedy restoration of democracy, the achievement of national reconciliation, economic and social reconstruction and respect for human rights and the rule of law.’

 “If statements such as the above are what he PDP intends to pass off as restructuring, this should further confirm that the party is still not in tune with the aspirations and dreams of the Nigerian people.

“It is indeed amusing that after being in power for 16 years, PDP is just waking up to realise that its constitution prescribed restructuring. If this is not political opportunism, we wonder what it is. We understand that PDP needs desperately to return to reckoning; and realising that restructuring is the new political currency in Nigeria, it is now latching on and even claiming to be an apostle!

 “As the ruling party between 1999 and 2015, PDP organised two national conferences, in 2005 and 2014. They had nine years between the first conference and the second one and one full year between the time the report of the 2014 conference was submitted and the time it lost power in 2015.

“Perhaps, if PDP show which aspects of the two reports it had implemented in the time it had, then perhaps Nigerians might begin to take them seriously on the issue of restructuring.”

 

Posted on August, 22 2017

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