Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria's former Vice President.

Presidential aspirant of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar has censured the APC for its criticism of his stand on restructuring.

Atiku, while speaking to journalists in Kano, said he meant restructuring in light of the demystification of power from the centre, a situation which will give rise to smaller powers within states, and lesser pressure on the Federal Government.

He tagged the APC as ‘ignorant’ while he explained his position on restructuring dated to as far back as 1994 during a review of the Constitution.

In his statement, he said;

“I think the APC must be very ignorant because my position on the issue of restructuring dates back to the reports of constitutional restructuring of 1994. If you check the report you will find my contributions as far as restructuring is concerned,” he said.

“By restructuring I mean devolving powers to the states or geopolitical zones as the case may be so that they can assume greater responsibilities of their respective states or zones.

“A small federal government which will deal essentially with matters like defence, foreign affairs, currency, central bank and immigration. Very few areas for the federal government.

“So if we give you more powers and resources to develop your respective states then you should hold  your states responsible not the federal government that is what I mean by restructuring.”

The former Vice President said all the presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have agreed to work with the candidate who emerges eventually.

“One thing we have all agreed and signed to is that whoever emerges and wins we will support and vote for that person,” he said.

“We did that in APC and it worked and we are called by the party to do exactly the same thing.”

Recall that Atiku had an informative debate with his predecessor, Yemi Osinbajo on the issue of restructuring as both men revealed and defended their positions on one of Nigeria’s most foremost national discourse.


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