National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who formally inaugurated the committee, said: "The reform of our political structure, which was described as "true federalism" formed one of the core negotiating points by the parties that merged to form the All Progressives Congress, APC".
According to Odigie-Oyegun, it is only the APC that can claim ownership to the principle and the need for true federalism in the country.
ABUJA-The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expanded its 10-member committee on true federalism to 23, with a charge to the team to engage in deep and wide consultation, such that its final report will engender credibility and broad acceptance.
´´When we sat down to discuss the union of the APC, it was one of the principal issues that were nearly like a no-go-item that we negotiated and agreed.
"The APC Constitution and the Manifesto that was vigorously canvassed during the general elections and on which platform our great party got elected has elaborately stated our position on these issues".
"It is, therefore, totally inconceivable for uninformed members of the public to jump on this bandwagon of reconstituting the federation and 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", Oyegun said.
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.
"Let me emphasise that your task is both critical and very sensitive, especially in the light of the clamour for restructuring, devolution of powers, fiscal federalism, resource control, and all other issues that describe the various forms of reforms that are being suggested for the restructuring of the current political architecture of our beloved nation".
"It is your duty, especially having regard to the emotive nature of the national discourse on restructuring, to distil from our party's constitution and manifesto the various ideas being canvassed in the different constitutional conferences that have been held in this country".
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´´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 and the manifesto of the party were very elaborate in their references to true federalism and devolution of powers. 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".
The party also inaugurated a seven-member screening committee for the Party's aspirants vying for the Anambra governorship seat, to be chaired by the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.
On the mode of operations of the committee, the Kaduna governor said he and members of the committee would move round 12 states of the federation in the six geopolitical zones to hold public hearings and to capture the positions of those who may share alternative opinions.
´´"We have seen more cases of federal assets and roads being taken over by states willingly, ´´" El-Rufai said. Osita Izunaso; APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and Hajiya Fatima Balla.
He said that the committee would visit 12 states in the country to meet with the people at the grassroots to collate their views on the issues with a view to proffering solution.
Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi is the committee's Secretary.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 24-member committee, which has nine states' governors, women, youths and some leaders of the APC, was constituted on July 9.
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