As far as the restructuring debate is concerned, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has deliberately failed expectations in a lot of ways. Apart from failing to seize the initiative at the nick of time, when it finally did, it was no less a wishy-washy approach that could be said to have been designed to fail.
Apart from having as the chair of the committee set up to look into the matter, a man who has expressed his opposition to restructuring in the person of the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the body language of the president upon his return from medical vacation summed it all up as an effort in futility.
Perhaps, the only saving grace for the party is the report of the committee which everyone eagerly awaits. Whatever the report says will determine the direction of the present agitation across the country as everyone seems to be tying the solution to their grievances to the need for restructuring.
National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said a few days ago that the leadership of APC was hoping to have the report soon and would forward the recommendations therein to the federal government and the National Assembly for implementation.
â€œAPC has responded to agitations for structural reforms of the countryâ€™s political architecture and to structure the debate for the benefit of the sustained unity, peace and progress of the country by constituting a broad-based committee to provide a framework that will guide the process,â€ he said
Letâ€™s just say the APC is toying with its last dice as far as the matter is concerned. The restructuring debate is not a joke. A lot rests on it as far as the future of the country is concerned and to say that it would form the fulcrum of debate for the 2019 elections is merely saying the obvious. So, APC, over to you!