- Urges Buhari to formulate executive bill on the idea
By Chuks Okocha
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday challenged leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to speak out on President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to go back on their party’s campaign promise of implementing an administrative restructuring for the better governance of the country.
Consequently, the PDP urged President Buhari to immediately formulate an executive bill to the National Assembly as well as take steps, as a party, for a private member bill on the promised restructuring, as contained in its manifesto.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said, “Our party also tasks APC leaders to respond to their members in the Senate, who through their spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, have declared that restructuring, as promised by APC, is only a ‘slogan’ as well as the revelation that neither the APC nor its leaders had submitted any memorandum for the promised restructuring and devolution of power upon which they rode to power in 2015.”
The PDP also called out APC leaders including its Caretaker Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, among others, to speak out on Mr. President’s recent declaration on restructuring as well as the position of the Senate.
The PDP spokesman stated further that, “Our party holds that the inaction of the APC in the face of the dismissive declaration by the Buhari Presidency that Nigerians, who they had promised restructuring, should now channel their demands to the National Assembly, only goes to further validate the assertions among Nigerians that the APC is a deceptive power-grabbing platform, which is not interested in governance or fulfilling its promises to Nigerians.”
According to the main opposition party, it is very disappointing that almost six years after riding to power on the promise of restructuring, the Buhari Presidency has made no concrete effort towards forwarding an executive bill to the National Assembly on the matter, only to now ask Nigerians to carry their burden to the legislative houses.
“Our party asserts that beside President Buhari, other bigger culprits of the failure on restructuring are the silent leaders of the APC who, despite promising restructuring, are clandestinely supportive of its huge betrayal.
“The APC must, therefore, take responsibility for the on-going challenges to the national unity, having failed to fulfill the promises they made on restructuring such as devolution of power and true federalism.
“We are already aware of plots by certain APC leaders to recourse to condemning President Buhari as being singularly responsible for the failures of his administration and use such a narrative to deceive Nigerians again with another round of fake promises on restructuring.
“The APC cannot deceive Nigerians again with their planned disowning of President Buhari in 2023 as the people are already aware of its plots. President Buhari, the APC and its leaders must collectively take responsibility for the failures of their administration and allow the nation her desired new lease of life by exiting our political firmament come 2023,” Ologbondiyan stated.