APC To Review Conference Reports For Party’s Stance On Restructuring

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By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja

There are indications that the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led committee on restructuring will, among other things, be considering previous reports on constitutional conferences in its review of the call for restructuring of the country.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the committee will also review manifesto, campaign promises and constitution of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) as it fashions out a workable structure for the country.

It was also learnt that the party organs will then review the recommendations by the committee before it is finally presented to President Muhammdu Buhari.

However, the el-Rufai led restructuring committee will have to hold public hearings before it arrives at a position, which will eventually be debated by the party before subsequent submission to the presidency, a process that may be at the later part of the year.

The party’s national chairman, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, had also revealed that the party was responding to new threats to national security and changes to the political structure of the country; hence, the need to address these concerns.

Speaking to Catholic Bishops in Jalingo over the weekend, Oyegun said, “The tough economic condition, however, has created new threats to national security and peace in the form of kidnapping, herdsmen attacks, Biafra separatist movement and agitations for changes to the political structure of the, which underlying motivation is access to the economic resources of the land that have also become political.

“The APC constituted a broad-based committee with H.E, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State governor as chairman to review the reports of all past constitutional conferences, the constitution, manifesto and campaign promises of the party to distil the position of the APC as regards what the Nigerian federalism is and should be.

“The recommendations of the committee will be reviewed by the party organs and a framework for the implementation of the accepted report will be presented to government.”