A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, has flayed State governors for undermining President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort aimed at restructuring Nigeria.
Okechukwu alleged that by ganging up to frustrate the good intentions of Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at granting financial autonomy to State legislatures and judiciary, State governors have sabotaged the APC-led government effort at restructuring Nigeria inst mentally.
The Voice of Nigeria DG made the claim in his goodwill messages at the 2020 Annual Conference of the APC Press Corps held on Friday in Abuja.
The chieftain of the ruling party further explained that Executive Order 10 was aimed at advancing financial autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary in compliance with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, (as Amended).
He further lamented that in the governors’ opposition to Executive Order 10, they had adopted bi-partisan toga and headed to hang it on the maze of Supreme Court’s shelf, noting that it is a wake-up call to hold governors accountable and hasten good governance.
Speaking on the call for restructuring by several quarters in the country, Okechukwu stated that, “We all agree that the center is too heavy, that True Federalism is the answer, as some items listed in the Exclusive Legislative List is unnecessary, akin to extra-meat. That at best such items should go under Concurrent Legislative List.
“Yes, restructuring is in the manifesto of our great party, secondly it is reflected in some sections of the 1999 Constitution and it has no doubt taken the center stage of contestation in our public domain; however, it is been difficult to build a national consensus on this very important issue. Why? The simple answer is that our contestation over restructuring is fouled by – I pass my neighbor syndrome! My dear countrymen let’s change it.
“As Press Corps covering the ruling party, please in line with the ethics of our profession, we must as a matter of urgent national importance, discreetly fashion out ways and means of changing the assertion-narrative – I pass my Neighbour syndrome. This change of narrative is very important because to my assessment no ethnic nationality in Nigeria is at the zenith of development.”
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