APC’S restructuring mantra; another vote catching gimmick – Mimiko
A former Ondo state governor Olusegun Mimko says he doubts the latest restricting mantra of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and would rather want to see a wholesale review of the nature of the structure, such that it is reconfigured to be able to deliver on its mandate.
The ruling APC committee on restructuring headed by Kaduna state governor Mallam Nair Elrufai had noted in its report that Nigerians wanted the structure for the country changed.
Mimiko while delivering a keynote address at the 2018 Yoruba Youth Assembly Lecture with the theme: “National Development, Restructuring and the Yoruba in Ibadan, Oyo state said while he agrees that the fears of all parts of the country must be allayed as regards resource control, it was equally important to note that every part of Nigeria is well endowed.
“With the recent advances in power storage technology in batteries, and progressively reducing cost of renewables, we must be constantly reminded that fossil fuel will soon become truly fossil.
“That the President’s political party, APC, came out very quickly to attempt a reformulation of the President’s proposition is needless, as it is doubtful if the party is in a position to veto the president of the nation.
“That President Buhari made his statement in spite of the bold and unequivocal commitment of the APC manifesto to restructuring is also indicative of the questionable pattern in which the party swept its way into office some three years ago.
“APC can, in the circumstances, safely be accused of promising what it never intended to do,’ Mimiko said.
The former Ondo governor said with the ruling party’s control of the legislative house at the Federal and State level, it has the capacity to actualize its restructuring agenda before the 2019 general elections.
“The advocacies for restructuring, greater democratization, a cleaner electoral process, etc., would amount to nothing if they do not translate into observable good life for our people, and strengthen national unity across our country,” Mimiko said.