The former Vice President and a Presidential aspirant on the plartform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, yesterday in Kano said that Nigerians should wake up from their slumber and vote out the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC) in order to bring to an end prevalence of poverty, squalor and hunger in the land.
According to him, during the 16 years of PDP reign Nigerians were very confortable because food was on the table of the common man and at affordable price.
On his views on restructuring, he said APC has been ignorant about his proposed plan to restructure Nigeria and went ahead to be attacking on what they have little knowledge about.
Atiku said, “what l am advocating for is that the restructuring of the country, should be carried out in phases, rather than been total, because the power at the centre is too heavy, which needed to be slim down.
“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 added.
Atiku who addressed newsmen in Kano yesterday described his idea about restructuring as sliming down the Federal Government while the bulk of responsibilities are shouldered by the geo political zones or the state governments that are closer to the people.
“By restructuring I mean devolving powers to the states or geo political zones as the case may be so that they can assume greater responsibilities of their respective states or zones.
At the moment, the Federal Government has too much on its plate and it is not able to pay attention to all parts of the country. My believe is that by devolving more powers to those states or regions, they are closer to the people, particularly in areas like education, health, infrastructure and so on. I want to see a lean Federal Government, a small Federal Government” he advocated.
The PDP presidential hopeful explained that by restructuring the functions of the Federal Government would be limited to issues, bothering on Defence, Immigration, Currency and the Central Bank.
“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” he stated.
On why l’m advocating for restructuring, Atiku explained that it would deal with a lot of problems including insecurity and will solve the problems of economic development which he says every part of the Country is complaining of.
“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” he affirmed.
On the issue of the PDP having 12 contestants going for primaries, Atiku explained that there is processes which will be eventually culminate in the emergence of one person.
“One thing we have all agreed and signed to is that whoever emerges and win we will support and vote for that person. We did that in APC and it worked and we are calling on the party to do exactly the same thing” he declared.
Atiku was received by mammoth PDP supporters led by the embattled Chairman of the party in the state Senator Mus’ud El-Jibrin Doguwa where he also met with the party leaders, solicited the Kano delegates to vote for him in the forthcoming party’s primaries.
“I am overwhelmed with the support, l received from the people of Kano and North west. Anytime l solicits for the support of Kano PDP, they are always ready to do that, more so, l lived in Kano, I schooled in Kano, I have a house in Kano, and as such, the support, l received in Kano, is more than the support from home state Adamawa. So I urged you to vote APC
He used the opportunity to called on Nigerians to exercise restraint and rally round his candidature if he eventually emerged as the PDP Candidate during at the end of the forth coming party Convention slated in Febuary.
Speaking earlier the embattled Kano PDP Chairman Senator Mas’ud El- Jibril Doguwa described the visit of the former VP Atiku Abubakar to seek for Kano delegates support as a positive development .