Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State said, yesterday, that most of the politicians calling for restructuring were “opportunists”.
The governor, who stated this on a Channels Television programme, Sunrise, said those who have presidential ambition were exploiting the restructuring call to champion their cause.
According to him, majority of the people clamouring for restructuring do not have “concrete ideas about what it really means. For many people, when you talk about restructuring, it is political opportunism.
“Most of what you see in the media, most of the people that talk about restructuring or give long lectures about restructuring are unable to give you any concrete ideas about what it really means..
“As I said, a lot of the talk on restructuring is political opportunism and irresponsibility in my opinion. It is popular and people that have presidential aspiration think it is a platform on which they can exploit this.”
El-Rufai noted that the implementation of the 2014 national conference report was likely not to happen because the All Progressives Congress, APC, never believed in it.
He said: “We (APC) believe it was just a jamboree, we did not participate, our position has not changed. We are not going to look at the 2014 confab report because we do not think it even reflects the diversity of the views in Nigeria.
“As I said, if you look at the APC manifesto, all the elements to devolve power to the states, to change the balance in the federation are there and we are committed to that as a party and the national chairman of our party will restate that commitment.
‘’We are discussing it and as I said, President Buhari and Acting President Osinbajo’s government has taken very concrete steps to move in that direction.
“We do not believe that this should be used as a basis for opportunists, we do not believe the 2014 confab report is a sensible basis to even begin.”
‘’We all know the circumstances in which the so-called confab was put together, we all know the composition, how lopsided it was, how important stakeholders were not taken into account, how the compensation did not reflect the demographics and diversity of this country.
“We took a position as a party, even then, not to participate but encourage our state governors at the level of the state government to be there at the table.
‘’Our position has not changed, no matter what the Senate thinks. The position of the party in that has not changed.
“We will need the help of the National Assembly. The first step is to look at exclusive lists; second step, to move on to deciding concrete steps; the third to look at the allocation of responsibilities and the fourth step requires legislation and constitutional amendments. So we will do that and it is not unilateral.
“This is where many of our politicians get it wrong, they think you can be irresponsible today and correct it tomorrow once you get headlines.”