Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has disclosed Atiku’s seriousness about restructuring Nigeria, if he emerges Nigeria’s President in 2019.
Daniel, who is the Director of Atiku’s Campaign Organisation said the most important thing to the South-West at the moment is restructuring.
Why Did Daniel Say This?
Daniel responded to journalists who quizzed him about the rumoured Secretary to the Government of the Federation position reportedly slotted to the South-West by the PDP if Atiku wins.
The former governor was frugal with information on the party’s decision regarding the position of the SGF but insisted that restructuring is the biggest wish of the South-West and that dwarfs every other political demand.
What Daniel Said
“We need to understand that the candidate has control over who becomes his running mate during the election and who becomes the SGF if he wins,” he said.
“The decisions on major offices are being given serious consideration and no zone or region will be marginalised.
“The offices of Senate president and speaker of the house of representative will be decided after the polls and based on what plays out in both houses.
“Aside from major slots, I think what is paramount to the people of the south-west is a restructuring of the country, which Atiku is very serious about.
“So the issue for the south-west is not personality or slot issue per say because personalities come and go but restructuring Nigeria is significant and more symbolic than zoned offices.”
Atiku’s Argument On Restructuring
Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar was involved in a debate with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as they argued based on their ideas and understanding of what restructuring is all about. While Atiku insisted on the need for the devolution of powers to give states better productive capacities and less pressure on the federal government, Osinbajo, also a South-Westerner insisted that infrastructure and the development of social and basic amenities are more bigger priorities than restructuring.
What Is The South West’s Position?
As part of a series of consultation and meetings held by Atiku, he met the leadership of the pro-Yoruba group, Afenifere who has revealed its readiness to support Atiku and has stated in several fora on the need for restructuring.