The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lashed out at former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President David Mark over their promise to restructure the country if they are elected president.
According to the ruling party, which described them as latter day converts of restructuring, both Atiku and Mark did nothing to restructure the country when they had the opportunity.
The party, in a statement by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena on Sunday in Abuja, stated that the two of them were silent on restructuring when they had the opportunity to canvass the reform, adding that some of those who were vocal about restructuring occupied public offices before and had the opportunity to implement their ideas.
According to him, they are latching on restructuring now just to pursue political ends.
Nabena said: “Osinbajo, in his well-articulated response to Atiku, submitted that what Nigeria requires now is not geographic restructuring but good governance, honest management of public resources, deeper fiscal federalism and a clear vision for development.
“The All Progressives Congress cannot agree more with Prof Osinbajo.
“It must be said that the calls for restructuring by many politicians are oftentimes a populist and opportunistic ploy to latch on and politically exploit simplistic public narratives on the panacea for Nigeria’s problems and not necessarily for its realism and practicability.
“We must never succumb to ethnic champions who promote campaigns to break up the country into tiny bits or other unrealistic and unpatriotic proposals in the name of restructuring to solve our problems as a country. It is simplistic and unconstitutional.
“For instance, Atiku was Vice-President and Chairman of the National Economic Council throughout the eight years of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
“How did he use his office to correct the imbalance in our federation he expresses today.
“Senator David Mark was Senate President for eight years and never sponsored a motion on restructuring. Today, he is promising to restructure the country.
“We must be wary of latter-day converts to the matter of restructuring, exploiting the issue for populist political campaigns.”
The party also claimed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has articulated a road map for a better distribution of public resources and its being implemented.
“The APC believes that good, sincere, focused, and purposeful leadership at all levels will propel the country to its deserved heights. Sincere efforts towards achieving true federalism are more important”, APC said.