- APC spokesman Bolaji Abdullahi rejects claims that the party is playing politics with the issue of the nation’s restructuring
- Abdullahi says that the government has a responsibility to give priority to more pressing issues
- He insists that the issue of restructuring is a manifesto of the APC, and not a gimmick
The commitment of the Buhari government to fixing the nagging problems of insecurity and the economy are the reasons for the delay in the restructuring of the country, so says the ruling All progressives Congress (APC).
Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC national publicity secretary, made the claim in a chat with The Guardian on Tuesday, June 27.
According to Abdullahi, the party was not playing politics with the issue but it may not be placed on the front burner before 2019.
He stated: “My own take is that every government has its own priority and you will agree with me that if you have to deal with the issue of Boko Haram or you need to deal with the issue of the economy that has gone into recession and all that, you have to get your priorities right.
“I don’t think it would be a wise move to add the challenges of restructuring if you have not dealt with the problems that affect the average Nigerian.
“So when people are hungry, when people are losing jobs, when people’s salaries are not being paid I think any responsible government would consider this to be a priority even while it still believes in the restructuring of the country.
“The issue of restructuring is never a gimmick. It is in the manifesto of our party. How can that be a gimmick?
“That is why I said that the fact that it has not been done does not mean that it would not be done.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former vice president Atiku Abubakar, commended the stance of the APC governors forum for calling for restructuring and true federalism of Nigeria.
Atiku said the demand for restructuring by leaders from diverse regions of the country was a sign of patriotism.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of an APC chieftain disclosing why the party may be voted out in 2019: