The Oasis Reporters
February 6, 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed the authorship of the restructuring idea in the country saying it was expressed in the report of the 2014 National Conference.
This was contained in a communique issued on Monday jointly signed by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, and the Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum, Ayo Fayose, after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP and its Governor’s Forum in Asaba, the Delta state capital, on Sunday night.
According to the party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is merely paying lip service to a matter of national importance as a later day convert of restructuring revealing that it has mandated its members in the National Assembly to commence the process of initiating restructuring.
“The PDP has been the author of restructuring and this was further expressed in the report of the 2014 National Conference; the APC as a later day convert of restructuring is merely paying lip service to a matter of national importance, however, we mandated our members in the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of initiating a Bill to address issues bordering on restructuring,” the communique read.
“We call on Mr President to come out clean on the herdsmen killings and address the nation on how to end the carnage; the President must take responsibility on the protection of lives and property of Nigerians which is the most important of his responsibility.
“We believe that the federal government’s decision to set up a committee to address the issues of herdsmen killings is a pretentious approach to a matter that requires firm action and leadership by the President in line with his oath of office to protect all Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe or political affiliation.
“We urge Mr President to henceforth, direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to adhere to the Rule of Law by obeying Court judgements and orders such as the one involving Ekiti State government against EFCC and restrain itself from further political intimidation and harassment of known or perceived political opponents.
“We commend the judiciary for their commitment to the enthronement of constitutional democracy in the face of intimidation and harassment.
“We condemn the massive corruption going on in the management of fuel subsidy regime which the federal government had earlier declared as non-existent while billions of naira are deducted monthly at Federation Accounts Committee (FAAC) meetings.”
“We emphasise that the PDP states and local governments are vehemently opposed to the unilateral withdrawal of USD one Billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government under any guise.
“Neither the Governors’ Forum nor the Federal Executive Council has the power of appropriation of Federation Accounts, as such powers reside with the National and State Assemblies.