Atiku accuses APC Senators of betrayal for rejecting restructuring

Atiku Abubakar
former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President and All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Atiku Abubakar, has accused members of the party in the Senate of betrayal following the “shocking and saddening” decision of the Senate not to grant devolution of power to the states.

In a statement released by his media office in Abuja, Mr. Abubakar said the decision by the APC-controlled Senate was “a lost opportunity to honour one of the party’s election promises to bring about change by shifting power closer to the people in the remotest regions of our country.

“This blockage of the Bill by an APC-led Senate majority is a betrayal of our Party’s pre-election promises,” Mr. Atiku said.

“It was an important vote and I’m shocked by some so-called progressives’ visceral and cynical opposition to restructuring.”

He decried the reluctance of the lawmakers to remove “the insidious structural impediments to development, which decades of military rule had hoisted upon our nation.”

According to him, “instead of building the foundations for a true federation, a small group of so-called progressive senators decided to stick with the new party line, pretending they did not know what restructuring was all about, and that even if they knew, it couldn’t be done.

“I think this is disingenuous,” he said.

“And I think it is a sad day for our Party. But I’m confident the APC will learn the right lesson from this self-inflicted defeat, and remember the mission and mandate given to us by the people.”

Mr. Atiku said he hopes that the lawmakers would “find the courage to stand by what is right, and not by what serves their personal vanities and political interests.

“Let me be clear: Restructuring is no panacea to all our nation’s problems. But devolving resources and responsibilities from an overbearing, unresponsive, and ineffective federal government to the states is the first step we must make if we are serious about putting our nation back on track, and our people back to work,” he said.


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  • Agba

    i can not say SW people are foolish,but why are they behaving like one?the most intelligent people in nigeria now BIAFRA,because they saw the danger in one Nigeria,since yesterday after that coup in NASS against devolution of power to state ,i expected them to be on the street by now,because no more future for SW people and their children again till kingdom come in that Nigeria. Yoruba oma see oooooo,bi aiye awa Yoruba se baje niyi,where is importance of education Awolowo wasted on us?

    • Lukman Asifat

      The issues on restructuring has not been properly defined in the context of Nigeria situations but for Atiku to start this suspicious agitation for restructuring now to me is suspect.For you attacking Yoruba now because of defeat of restructuring in the Senate tells much about the state of your reasoning and lack of understanding of rudiments of governance.Same on you for localising the issues at stake at the door steps of South-West people.

  • Abu-Abdurrahman

    When did this man turns to become traitor?,you will never forever smell Nigeria’s highest office by the good grace of almighty.

  • Patrick Otobo

    Somebody should please tell me if Atiku ever talked about or proposed restructuring during his eight years tenure as Vice President!!

  • Oracle

    The Nigerian project, as we have it today is all about cake-sharing.
    OBJ told the Biafran agitators that there’s enough cake for all to share.
    The Senate just rejected devolution of power to states, but approved a review of revenue sharing formula…. Cake! Cake!! Cake!!! Share! Share! Share!.
    Devolution of power is simply a devolution of responsibility from the center to the states and LGA.
    If this Senate want more resources for states it should be proportional to the increase in responsibilities.
    It’s just a matter of time, power shall be devolved to the states for progress to be recorded concerning our future.
    WHAT A LAZY AND VISIONLESS LEADERSHIP.

  • Chukwuemeka Umeokonkwo

    Now, Nigerians understood it clearly that restructuring was a hoax, a distraction, a resort for those who felt wounded by the loud and unflinching call for dissembling this contraption via referendum.
    Unsettled by the rapt attention given to the, Indiginous people of Biafra (IPOB) crusaders by Nigerians and the world, the dinghy politicians and oppressors convened exigently and birthed this mantra, which aim was to split us further pending its eventual demise in the, Nigeria Red and Green Chambers, National Assembly. One thing has to be made crystal clear here the call for “RESTRUCTURING” was never true. It was just a ploy to divide the IPOB household, but seeing that it had hit the rock it had to be retracted lest the people think they were serious.
    Do you see why politics in an oppressive enclave like Nigeria will continue to keep Nigeria in the cesspool of underdevelopment? Every right-thinking occupant of Nigeria knows that anyone canvassing for the sustenance of the spooky “ONE NIGERIA” does not mean well for us, since this so-called nation is in tatters, with no solution to her hydra-headed quagmire in sight.
    It is no news that the bill seeking autonomy of state/regions was killed at the Senate on July 26, 2017. As a matter of fact, I think its quick death is the baptism needed to make our people down Southern Nigeria pay attention to the voice of wisdom. The Niger Delta region, is peopled by very gullible humans people who are ready to clutch at anything in their bid to fatten their purse. Why would anyone be shocked at the outcome of Senate Plenary Session?
    What happened to the bill seeking recompense for the South-East through South-East Development Commision? Furthermore, what happened to the bill seeking the,
    “RELOCATION OF OIL COMPANY HEADQUARTERS TO REGIONS FROM WHICH THEY GET THEIR RAW MATERIALS? ”
    If the National Assembly killed the aforementioned bills, then someone should tell me what structural change has taken place in the Senate that made us to expect a different result. Nigeria, it has often been said,was fabricated as a gift to the North.
    Nigeria is of the North by origin, governed by the North, and for the North. Democracy becomes “UNDEMOCRATIC” when a non-northerner becomes the Commander-in-Chief; but even “DICTATORSHIP” becomes the best “DEMOCRACY” as long as a northerner sits in Aso-Rock,Villa. Abuja.
    Chukwuemeka Umeokonkwo is a political commentatorssocial activists, reporting live from Paris,France.

  • Isaac Azor

    Atiku wants to be seen as pro-masses now because he wants to rule Nigeria at all cost.

    • Frank Bassey

      Atiku has been a pro-masses politician from beginning. Except you don’t live in this country.

  • sirOscie

    It’s now obvious that those we elected to represent us in the National Assembly are there to represent themselves and their cronies not concerned about the Nigerian peoples at all.
    Shame on the 8th Senate representing their pockets and stomach alone.

  • Frank Bassey

    Sir, there is no betrayal in the matter. APC was never sincere about restructuring. It was a gimmick to gain power. Having gained power, they are now in the position to show their real selves. Calling it betrayal is glorifying which is deceitful ab initio.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku has always being an advocate of true democratic practise, if the NASS members have done their part the rest will be history and power will be shifted to the people by Devolving powers to the States. God bless Nigeria.

  • zirem

    Nigerians must start paying close attention to the activities in the National Assembly and their representatives, those representing themselves should be voted out, that would send a message to anyone vying for any political office.