National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says Nigeria is running on a “bastardized political structure” which can only be corrected through true federalism.
Speaking at the public presentation of the report of the APC Committee on True Federalism on Wednesday, at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja, he stated that the current system of government is ”more of unitary system of government”.
The APC national chairman maintained that only true federalism, ”which has been the sole campaign of the party,” can redeem what he described as a warped political structure in the country.
The committee was set up under the chairmanship of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, to look at the issue of restructuring which has been a focal point of political discourse in the country. The report was a week ago presented to the party by the governor and some members of the committee.
Oyegun said he believed past national conferences were flamboyantly organised and ended up with nothing, but that ”what APC is bringing on board were true opinions of Nigerians across states”.
He said, “We have held flamboyant conferences on the structures of the constitution of this country but each time it always ended up in nothing. Today, we are moving from set-piece conferences to the beginning of a new Nigeria.
“Today you are going to be partners in the construction of the basic fundamental foundation that will truly wed this county together. There is no question at all that where we were and where we are now is basically a bastardised kind of federal structure, more like a unitary system but what we are going to present to the nation today are the considered views of the critical mass of this institution.
”Those who are strong in expressing their views, those who are not so strong, the women and the youth of this nation participated strongly and intensively in the results that are being presented to you today”.