Osinbajo slams Atiku again over restructuring

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Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, said the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, opposed restructuring in 1999 when the Lagos State Government proposed it.

Osinbajo spoke at the 80th birthday celebration of a former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande. The theme of the event was “Nigeria: Achieving National Unity through Peaceful Restructuring”.

He said: “The government of Lagos state demonstrated that it is possible to have restructuring and devolution of power but by process of litigation. As of 1999 when I first had encounter with the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahamed Tinubu, he made it clear to me that one of the most important things of his objectives for us is to pursue fiscal federalism and devolution of power to our state.

“He wanted me to study it and know how to do it. We spent a lot of time and resources to look into how we could do it. We know that going through the National Assembly is just a waste of time. We then decided to use process of litigation. As a matter of fact, we went to Supreme Court in twelve different times on what we can describe as restructuring. The federal government at that time of course opposed every such moves on our part. Today our dear presidential candidate of the PDP says he is an expert of restructuring but in those years when we were fighting for restructuring, he opposed every steps we took.

“Every time we were at the Supreme Court, he vehemently opposed by the federal government which he served. Fortunately for us, we were able to record successes which today are tremendous achievements. The achievements are gains of litigation. We can only get it through the court. As a region, if we are talking of restructuring, we should look at it from the point of view of the court.”

Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, who was the keynote speaker, described the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress’ committee on restructuring as the best for the country.

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