All Progressives Congress (APC) Southwest Zone called for the restructuring Nigeria base on true federalism
The call was made by the party leaders at their conference held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital
They also called for free and compulsory education in primary and secondary schools in Southwest states and pledged to conduct a free and fair primary for aspirants to political offices in Ondo State.
People who attend the conference are: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser (political) to President Muhammadu Buhari,APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun was represented by Deputy Chairman (South) Chief Segun Oni, who led party leaders in the six states of the Southwest Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo). Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun was represented by his deputy Mrs Yetunde Onanuga.
Ministers Adebayo Shittu (Communications) and Kayode Fayemi (Solid Minerals) also attended.
Also at the conference were: former governor of Old Ondo State, Chief Bamidele Olumilua; former deputy governors and Chief Ayo Fasanmi.
Others are chairmen of the party in Oyo (Chief Akin Oke); Ogun (Chief Rokeeb Adeniyi); Lagos (Chief Oladele Ajomale); Osun (Chief Gboyega Famodun) and Ekiti (Chief Jide Awe); National Legal Adviser Dr Muiz Banire; Senator Ganiyu Solomon; Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora; Chief Tajudeen Olusi, members of the House of Representatives, Houses of Assembly and political office holders.
The party leaders southwest posited that “meaningful progress and socio-economic development of the Nigerian nation is unattainable without restructuring the extant, largely unitarian geo-political arrangement. “It is by such re-arrangement, leading to genuine and true political and fiscal federalism that the innate energies of the people of Nigeria can be released and new vistas of human development opened up.”
Governor Ajimobi, called on the party in the zone to engage political office holders regularly and make meaningful input in policy formulation and delivery.
He said the party must organise leaders and members to talk together, think together and share ideas and thoughts on how to offer better governance to Nigerians.
He said: “Let our party create avenues to have position papers on policies. President Buhari is one simple individual that is corruption-free. He has integrity. He is completely simple. It is clear he is the best for this time. But we must help him by conversing with him always through the instrument of the party presenting position papers. We must participate more in the APC-led government.”
According to Governor Aregbesola ” restructuring of the country, only little can be gained by all stakeholders in the current arrangement.
He lamented that most states are spending their resources to maintain the civil service whose population is scarcely more than 10 per cent of the total population. “That is why we must restructure Nigeria.”
Aregbesola said the situation offers opportunity for the Yoruba to revitalize the concept of working for whatever they earn.
His words: “We must make earning for living a core concept. Let Southwest start and lead in reviving this concept. Work for what you earn.”
Vice President Osinbajo said this administration did not fully appreciate the enormity of the corruption and decadence in governance until it took office last year.
He said the pains of today was a result of “yesterday’s mismanagement of the commonwealth of our great country.”
The Vice President assured Nigerians that a glorious dawn awaited them.
Osinbajo pleaded with citizens to show understanding and be patient as the administration works to make the country better.
“Change is not easy. But we are not relenting until we achieve a better life for all Nigerians. The change that we advocate will be irrevocable when we are finally done.”
Osinbajo said some investors have shown interest in building refineries in Nigeria.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun told party men to educate their followers and members of the public that the ‘change’ mantra is not an event but a process which takes time to be fully achieved.
He promised that recommendations of the meeting would be considered at the national secretariat of the party.