Restructuring: Ex-APC National Chairman wants 1999 Constitution scrapped

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  Bisi Akande
National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande

A former National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande, has stirred the hornet’s nest by calling for the scrapping of the 1999 Constitution which should be ‘temporarily’ replaced with the 1963 Republican Constitution.

Mr. Akande, a former governor of Osun State, said this would be a way out of the nation’s ‘political and economic jigsaw.’

He said the 1999 Constitution was “the greatest misadventure” for the country and it would not help the country make progress in the right direction.

Mr. Akande spoke on Tuesday at the launching of the book, “Nigeria: the Path We Refused to Take,” written by Afenifere’s General Secretary, Basorun Arogbofa, an event which held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

Mr. Akande called for the replacement to enable a transition to the writing of a suitable constitution.

“The Constitution (1999) puts emphasis on spending rather than making money, thereby intensifying the battles for supremacy between the legislature and the executive while the judiciary is being corruptly tainted and discredited.

“The Constitution breeds and protects corrupt practices and criminal impunities in governance. The 1999 Constitution can never be beneficially reviewed and the ongoing piecemeal adjustments or amendments can only totally blot the essence of national values and accelerate the de-amalgamation of Nigeria.

“All the angels coming from heavens cannot make that Constitution work for the progress of Nigeria. It should only be scrapped as a bad relic of military mentality, and it ought to be temporarily replaced with the 1963 Republican Constitution to enable a transition to the writing of a suitable constitution,’’ Mr Akande said.

Also, according to him, the incursion of the military in Nigeria’s politics for 29 out of 57 years of independence had drawn back and blighted the sense of democracy and good governance among Nigerian political leaders.

Mr. Arogbofa, the author of the book, said it was the third in the series of intellectual discourse on Nigeria and her political survival.

He said he had used the medium to call Nigeria’s attention to the issue of true federalism and restructuring without which there could not be meaningful development.

Recently, Mr. Akande’s party, the ruling APC, set up a committee headed by the Kaduna State governor to look at the concept of restructuring which has gained momentum in the face of equally mounting secessionist movements across the country.


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  • Justice Equity

    What will the treacherous mischievous Judas Iscariot race now call pa akande,PDP apologist,sore loser,hater of buhari or looter.
    At any time the treacherous mischievous Judas Iscariot race begins to understand that restructuring will also be to their own advantage, and make them to stop their mischievous cunning crafty ,double faced approach to the issues of restructuring ,Nigeria shall then start moving in the right direction.
    Chief akande may God bless you for sticking out your neck from the paths of the axis of evil party APC.
    APC can still redeem herself from their satanic path by putting pressure on bihari to commence the process of restructuring Nigeria before it is too late.a stitch in time saves a million.

  • Comfortkay

    Yes Sir the 1999 Constitution is the worst thing that ever happened to Nigerian. Please Scrapped it immediately.

  • Agba

    Nigerian should Watch out the end of these contraption call Nigeria,with millitary constitution imposed on intelligent people,tension is very high everywhere no food,no salary, no electicity,nothing,i blame Akande and Tinubu for putting my intelligent people of Yoruba in this MESS,omo IBO can not stand this injustice and i feel for them.If my yoruba youth can produce one youth like Nnamdi Kanu to save us from this slavery,Awolowo wasted a lot of money on us,not to be slave to uneducated Fulani but reverse is the case.Omo ti o ni ki iya oohun ma sun,ohun na ko ni fi oju ba orun.

    • marcos avelino

      Pagan animist in thick rain forest worshipping snakes just 70 years ago can now call fulanis uneducated

  • George

    This dirty old cargo have no right to speak I strongly advice the Mallams get him down quickly.

    Yorubas they known APC have left their hands hence this face of Tinubu who just lost his yeye wife two days age is already out to insult the Northerners. MKO treatment is awaiting him.

  • Gary

    Even Baba Akande still stands on Restructuring of Nigeria. Ditto for the South West Governors Forum. So that leaves Bola Tinubu and his tiny but loud acolytes basically standing with their Arewa allies to oppose it. All for the sake of exploiting Niger Delta oil.
    Awo did not need the resources of other people to develop the Western Region. And he did not amass billions for him to become the Asiwaju of the Yorubas.
    Sooner rather than later, the silent majority of the Yorubas will stand up to Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

  • Frank Bassey

    Confused beings.

    • Murphy

      Really confused. A candidate from Kebbi state requires just 2 marks score to get admission into Nigeria’s Unity Schools (Federal schools) but a candidate with state of Origin being Anambra, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Rivers etc states in the South require to score at least 137 Marks to be considered for admission to the same Unity Schools in the same country…and the Minister of Education has defended this bizarre policy. This is possible only in Nigeria.

      • Frank Bassey

        And it is oil money from the South that is used to provide the facilities that accommodate these parasites. Tomorrow one nonentity will be shouting LOOTING, LOOTING. This no less than LOOTING. The people are always wanting for easy life.

  • emmanuel

    Akande or whoever should know that the mood now is not about restructuring or reverting to 1963 constitution. What people want now is reverting to pre-1914 amalgamation. In one word – Secession. The call is for a referendum to be conducted before 2019 elections to know those regions or nations in Nigeria that still want to remain in Nigeria. Simple! All these nonsense about restructuring and going back to 1963 constitution are waste of time. The wounds inflicted by the Hausa and Fulani North on the political, economic and social facets of the Nigerian state is too deep and painful with the scar too visible that nothing can assuage the feelings of other nations now except that they are granted their desire – to leave Nigeria. I am sure were the entire North a country of its own and Mr Buhari the president, he would have been replaced long ago with another Northerner because of ill health. But in a Nigeria with several nations, it becomes a needless complex matter.

    SECESSION referendum is the answer!

  • Rex

    Must Nigeria remain one? Were we not different countries before Britain invaded West Africa like ISIS is doing?