The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said the PDP is the author of restructuring, saying the restructuring exercise which the All Progressives Congress (APC) has proposed is a mere lip service to the Nigerian people.
In a communique read to journalists after a midnight meeting at the Delta state government executive council chambers where all members of the national working committee and the party governors took major decisions, PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, said the party had proposed restructuring in the 2014 national conference.
The communique which was signed by Uche Secondus and Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, Ayodele Fayose, also condemned the president’s pretentious approach to the killings by the Fulani herdsmen in the country.
The communique read in part: “We strongly condemn the unabated killings across the country. We call on Mr. President to come out clean on the herdsmen killings and address the nation on how to end the carnage.
“The president must take responsibility for the protection of lives and property of Nigerians which is the most important of his responsibilities.
“We believe that the federal government’s decision to set up a committee to address the issues of herdsmen killings is a pretentious approach to a matter that requires firm action and leadership by the president in line with his oath of office to protect all Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe and political affiliation.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been the author of restructuring and this was further expressed in the Report of the 2014 National Conference.
“The All Progressive Congress (APC) as a later day convert of restructuring is merely paying lip service to a matter of national importance.
“However, we have mandated our members in the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of initiating a Bill to address issues bothering on restructuring.”
The party also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to adhere to the rule of law by obeying court judgements and orders such as the one involving the Ekiti state government against EFCC and restrain itself from further political intimidation and harassment of known or perceived political opponents.
The party also added that its state and local government branches are vehemently opposed to the unilateral withdrawal of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account by the federal government under any guise noting that neither the governors’ forum nor the federal executive council has the power of appropriation of federation accounts, as such powers reside with the national and state assemblies.