APC hits Atiku, Silences Ohaneze, Afenifere in a Shocking Reply

By Post Nigeria June 5, 2016 15:07

APC hits Atiku, Silences Ohaneze, Afenifere in a Shocking Reply

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, has on Saturday, June 4, taken a swipe at former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, over his recent calls for a re-structuring of Nigeria.

Oyegun, who spoke on behalf of the APC, stated that the issue of restructuring is not the party’s priority for now.

Atiku, had last Tuesday, advocated for a restructuring of the country, to ensure the development and growth of the federating units.

“Agitations by many right-thinking Nigerians, call for a restructuring and a renewal of our federation to make it less centralised, less suffocating and less dictatorial in the affairs of our country’s constituent units and localities,” the former Vice-President had said at a book presentation.

Reacting to Atiku’s call, the APC Chairman, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is currently focused on rebuilding the economy, creating jobs and ensuring the security of lives and properties.

The APC chief explained that, because the issue was important, the party would at the appropriate time, make its position on the matter public.

This is as the Presidency on Saturday, said it was on the same page with the ruling APC, on calls for the reconstruction of the country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in an interview with Sunday Punch.

Oyegun, noted that there were several challenges the administration was currently grappling with.
He said, “To bring this additional issue (restructuring), is not the wisest thing for a nation that is struggling toe stabilise to go into an unnecessary diversion at this point.

“Nothing is wrong with the idea, but at this time, it is best for us to concentrate on our priorities.
As a party, our priority right now is to rebuild the economy, create jobs and deal with the security problems at hand.

“And with what is happening in the Niger Delta, you can see that there is so much to do. We must get our priority right, some day we will come to that”, he added.

Eminent Nigerians such as a former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and an ex-Chairman of the Nigerian chapter of Transparency International, Maj. Gen. Ishola Williams (retd.), as well as groups such as Yoruba Socio-Political Organisation, Afenifere, and the pan-Igbo umbrella body, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had also supported Atiku’s call.