The campaign team of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Atiku Presidential Campiagn Organisation (APCO), yesterday told the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to campaign on their achievements in office rather than resort to attempts to rewrite history.
APCO stated this while accusing the vice president of being economical with the truth in his claim that Atiku was against restructuring while in office between 1999 and 2007.
APCO while accusing Osinbajo of trying to rewrite history said the former Vice President was one of the brains behind the creation of the six geopolitical zones, alongside the late Vice President Alex Ekwueme, at the 1995 Constitutional Conference.
APCO added that Osinbajo needs to be reminded of documented accounts in the media chronicling his predecessor’s support and struggle for restructuring. APCO also recalled that Atiku was instrumental to restructuring the revenue allocation formula to allow littoral states of the federation benefit from off shore oil proceeds.
Speaking at a public lecture, entitled: ‘Developing the Nation through Youth Empowerment’, as part of activities marking the 68th anniversary of the Sigma Club, University of Ibadan, Professor Osinbajo said:
“All this time, this was 2000, some of those people, including the presidential candidate of PDP, who is talking about restructuring, was the vice president then; they opposed every step that we took. Of course, we were taking the federal government to court then. They opposed every step.”
Reacting however, APCO said “Given that restructuring has become the major issue in the 2019 elections and given that Prof Osinbajo and his boss have been speaking discordant tunes on restructuring, we can understand their desperation to revise history, however, it is impossible to revise documented history.
“Professor Osinbajo needs to be reminded that there are well documented accounts in the Nigerian media chronicling Atiku Abubakar’s support and struggle for restructuring.
“President Buhari and vice president Osinbajo promised to make ₦1 equal to $1. They vowed to create three million jobs per annum. They promised to pay the unemployed a “job seekers allowance”. They said subsidy was a scam.
They also said that they would defeat Boko Haram.
“Nigerians want to know if these promises have been kept. They are not interested in fairy tales about how Atiku did not support restructuring because they know that he is and was and will always be an active promoter of restructuring.
“Everywhere he goes to campaign, Atiku has used temperate and respectful language on both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo. He has campaigned on his record of achievements, which include the 50,000 jobs he has created in his private capacity, and on his policies and plans to Get Nigeria Working Again.
“We recommend this form of decent politicking to Prof. Osinbajo, even as we urge him to remember that as vice president, his words matter,” APCO said.
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