FREEPRESS – Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has urged Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) committee on restructuring, describing it as dead on arrival and a ruse, adding that “it is a blatant attempt to draw the wool over the eyes of Nigerians.”
In a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, Fayose, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, said the APC committee on restructuring is unnecessary since Nigerians in their large numbers, cutting across party, regional, ethnic, social and religious backgrounds have overwhelming voted for immediate restructuring of the polity.
“This APC distraction is meant to deceive Nigerians one more time. Nigerians must unequivocally reject it. They have deceived us enough and we must not allow them deceive us again.
“APC and its government at the centre have failed on all fronts and have not delivered on their promises to the electorate. They have lived in denial and have spent the last two years either blaming everyone else, but themselves for their cluelessness or repudiating their election promises.
“Whereas they promised restructuring in their party manifesto, they have come out openly to deny this obvious fact. So, who does not know that their so-called committee is an ingenious attempt to deceive and sweep the raging storm over restructuring under the carpet?”
According to Fayose: “This is a government that specialises in sweeping serious national issues under the carpet. The health status of President Muhammadu Buhari is being swept under the carpet, despite demands from Nigerians that they reveal his health status.
“The report of the presidential investigative committee on the alleged corrupt activities of two principal officers of the Buhari administration has also been swept under the carpet. My protest letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on this issue has not received the speedy attention it deserves.”
The governor noted that APC has nothing new to say on restructuring, adding: “Nigerians have spoken and have spoken clearly and unambiguously that they want restructuring and that they want it without delay. Delay is dangerous. Nigerians have said they want restructuring now; no hanky-panky and no pulling of the wool over our eyes.
“Rather than this time-buying committee, the APC government should make haste to respect the overwhelming views of Nigerians on restructuring. The 2014 Political Conference Report is there; the APC-government should swallow its vain pride and revisit it.
“APC as a political party must know that it is not bigger than Nigerians; it is not even up to five per cent of the population of the country. Rather than waste resources on a wild-goose chase, there are more pressing needs to urgently attend to, such as the spiraling violence all over the country, resurging Boko Haram, an economy that gets worse by the day and a suffering, hunger and misery never-before imagined in the land, if this country must be salvaged from the dangerous edge of the precipice,” he added.