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el-Rufai heading of APC Restructuring Committee laughable - Atiku

el-Rufai heading of APC Restructuring Committee laughable - Atiku

The ongoing debate on restructuring across the country, may have brought about divisions among top hierarchy of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The decision by the party to set up a 10-man committee on restructuring under the leadership of Kaduna Governor, Nasir el-Rufia has been faulted by the camp of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on the grounds that the committee was needless.

According to the camp of the APC chieftain, having an el-Rufai, who had earlier made his anti-restructuring stance known to head the committee, was laughable.

The position was stated in a statement by the estranged Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank.

“Governor el-Rufai has not hidden his opposition to the issue of restructuring since Nigerians began to remind us of our promise which is boldly written in our party’s promise book, hence the need to remove him because he does not believe in it.

“Kaduna Governor has also called some of our leaders and former Head of State different names because of this issue. While speaking recently in an interview, he described those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria as political opportunists and irresponsible.

“For the fact that restructuring is one of the promises in APC manifestoes, it will amount to deceit if the party reneges on its promise.

“The governors and the National Working Committee (NWC) should know that the promise of restructuring was one of the reasons Nigerians massively voted for the party in 2015. Therefore, such issue is non-negotiable and should be a priority that must be fulfilled. I see no reason for setting up a committee for something that is not negotiable at this time.”

Atiku, who earlier spoke last Thursday on the import of restructuring at an event in Nsukka, further broadened his argument Friday on his twitter handle, saying it meant returning power to the people.

“I favor restructuring because i am proudly Nigerian and favour a united Nigeria that offers every man, woman, and child a brighter future where each and everyone has a chance to build and share in this great nation’s potential.

“The restructuring i want to see happen is changing the structure of our country to take power from the elite and give it back to whom it belongs to, the people. It will help to bring the benefits of the change that our people were promised in the last general election.

“The whole purpose of restructuring is to eliminate those policies that feed the mindset that drives the sharing behavior.

“Our national wealth is being drained by a select few instead of building a country for all of us. It has to end.

“We need to return resources and power back to the people.

“By restructuring, we can guarantee unity, equity, security for our nation. I favor a united Nigeria that offers everyone a brighter future and we have a chance to build and share in this great nation’s potential,” he said.




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