The South West Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for creating a notion that the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report is dependent only on his re-election.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Pius Akinyelure, APC National Vice-Chairman (Southwest), the party dismissed the impression, describing Mr. Jonathan’s statement as illogical and unreasonable and directed to earn cheap popularity from the South-west.
“If the Jonathan administration was interested in restructuring, it would not have waited for three years in office before convoking the 2014 National Conference,” the party said.
President Jonathan inaugurated the National Conference in March, last year and the 492-member strong delegates who participated in the conference submitted their recommendation in August.
The party noted that with the “lopsided nature” of the federation Mr. Jonathan’s administration inherited about five years ago, he ought to have swung into action immediately and put necessary mechanisms in place “to equitably and fairly restructure Nigeria for the benefit of all.”
“Jonathan is using the report of the 2014 National Conference as a political weapon from a region his administration “has not been fair to despite its support for the president in 2011.
“President Jonathan should stop appealing ethnic sentiment in order to score cheap political marks. A president, under whose watch the Ekiti election was rigged, cannot restructure Nigeria.”
The party urged the people of South-West, and Nigeria in general, not to take the president serious again, noting that the Peoples Democratic Party had no idea on how to move Nigeria forward.
The party said the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, had made a covenant with the people of Nigeria contained in the 2015 Buhari/Osinbajo Manifesto.
According to the party, once elected, the Buhari/Osinbajo government would initiate action “to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit.”
“The Buhari/Osinbajo government ‘will restructure governance for a leaner, more efficient, and adequately compensated public service sector, while promoting effective participation of the private sector for more robust job creation programmes to employ the teaming youth.
“The Buhari/Osinbajo government would bring to an end an arbitrary deduction of statutory allocations due to states governed by the opposition party and the back-door allocation to the states that are not critical of an anemic national government under the PDP.”