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APC has not abandoned restructuring, says Fayemi

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Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had never abandoned the quest for restructuring.

He recalled that the party had projected restructuring as a core manifesto and set up the El-Rufai’s committee to make recommendations to its leadership. 

Fayemi said concrete steps had been made to make proposals to the National Assembly. 

The NGF chairman spoke with reporters in Lagos on preparations for the second year anniversary of his second term, gains and constraints of his administration, conflicts in Ekiti APC and agitations for true federalism.

He said many recommendations along the line of restructuring, devolution and true federalism were embedded in the reports of the Niki Tobi Panel, the 2004 Conference set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the 2014 National Conference established by former President Goodluck Jonathan. 

Fayemi said: “We must confront our reality as a federation. The current structure is supportive of unitary model. The state structure for now is problematic. There is need to move towards devolution, not only about functions, but also resources.”

The governor, who also spoke on the quest for decentralisation of security, actualisation of the South-West security outfit, Amotekun, and efforts by the Federal Government to kick off community policing, said local policing would be meaningful and more effective when premised on the potency of intelligence gathering in the local environment. 

Fayemi, who gave his administration a pass mark in Ekiti State, said that the lean resources had been the major constraints. 

He said his administration had delivered on legacy projects, attracted investment and funding from many organisations, restored the core values and intensified efforts on the proposed cargo airport, saying that the intensified intra-party conflicts in Ekiti APC, was not borne out of exclusion, but out of permutations for succession in two years’ time.

He said his administration had accommodated all stakeholders as reflected in the appointment of five governorship aspirants as commissioners, one contender into the Federal Character Commission (FCC) and election of another two into the House of Representatives. 

The governor lamented the reluctance of some chieftains to heed to the advice of the APC national leadership to explore the internal mechanism for conflict resolution and withdrawal of all court cases. 

He said there were no factions in the chapter and that the disciplinary committee set up by the party was based on the directive of the national leadership.


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