APC inaugurates committee on true federalism

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National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said yesterday that the party refused to attend the 2014 National Conference called by former President Goodluck Jonathan as a matter of principle because the conference was politically motivated.

He added: "If any group can claim ownership to the principle and the need for true federalism, that group is the APC".

Oyegun, who spoke while inaugurating the APC Committee on Restructuring and Fiscal Federalism, said the time has come for the party to take charge of the debate on restructuring. From our constituent units, that was one of the principal points and when we sat down to negotiate this great union called the APC, it was one of the principal issues that was nearly like a no go item.

"It is therefore totally inconceivable for uninformed members of the public to jump on this bandwagon of reconstituting the federation to give the impression that the party was in any way against the principle of taking a fresh look at the basis of our federalism".

He also said the party was not against restructuring, adding that any tinkering this must be done without sacrificing or jeopardizing the fundamental unity of Nigeria.

He said the area of focus for the committee should concern devolution of power, fiscal federalism, resource control and other such issues thrown up recently.

´´"It is your duty, especially having regard to the emotive nature of the national discourse on restructuring to distill from our party constitution and manifesto the various ideas canvassed in different constitutional conferences".

´´I expect you to look at whatever document available on this subject and to look at whatever views and recommendations available on it.

"We negotiated and agreed and as a result, the constitution of the party. I am deeply confident in the capability of this committee to generate a report which will be truly reflective of the desire of our people and a true reflection of what the Party stands for".

In his response, Kaduna State Governor and Chairman of the committee, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, said that APC believed in balanced federation and fiscal federalism and was doing well in that regard.

He disclosed that the committee had met three times and had identified 12 key issues to be discussed by Nigerians to ensure a clearer direction on issues of restructuring.

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Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi is the committee's Secretary.

El-Rufai said some of the issues to be looked into were state creation, regionalism, land tenure system and revenue allocation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 24 member committee which included nine governors, representatives of women, youths and some leaders of the APC, was constituted July 9.

Member of the committee are Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.

AHEAD of its primary for Anambra state governorship election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated more than sixty million Naira from the sales of the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms. Oserheimen Osunbor; APC National Organising Secretary, Sen.

Also included are Mr Sullivan Chime, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim, Senator Osita Izunaso, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, Hajia Aisha Ismail and Ms. Sharon Ikeazor.

The committee is expected to complete its assignment within three months.

He started this on Thursday in Abuja, while inaugurating a 24-member committee on True Federalism to articulate the party´s position on restructuring of the country.

He observed that though ethnic distrust was not new in the country, the rising wave of present hate speeches and ethnic utterances and actions, was part of fallout of the 2015 presidential election.

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