The call for the restructuring of the country and true federalism received a boost Thursday, as the Southwest zone of the All Progressives Congress, APC, called for the restructuring of the country.
The party, through its leaders at a conference held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, also said that governance should be based on true federalism.
Aside the call for restructuring and true federalism, the party leaders 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.
The conference was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser (political) to President Muhammadu Buhari, 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.
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.
The APC leaders, in an eight-point communique, said “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.”
In his address to the conference, Ajimobi, called on the party in the zone to engage political office holders regularly and make meaningful input in policy formulation and delivery.
According to Ajimobi, the APC must organise leaders and members to talk together, think together and share ideas and thoughts on how to offer better governance to Nigerians.
Also at the conference were: former governor of Old Ondo State, Chief Bamidele Olumilua; former deputy governors and Chief Ayo Fasanmi.
Others were 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.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews,,,
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