LAGOS NIGERIA. The Lagos State Director General of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign, Mr Moshood Salvador, has accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Afenifere of deceiving the South West with the promise of restructuring. Speaking at his Lagos residence, Mr Salvador alleged the PDP presidential candidate is insincere and is using the promise of restructuring the country as a ploy to get South West votes.
“It is not in the power of Atiku to implement restructuring; he can only lie to use it to get votes from the South West.
“After promising that he will restructure if he wins, after six months, he will tell the country that it would not be possible to call for a referendum because the National Assembly is not ready to set itself aside. Atiku knows that restructuring is not possible but he is just saying it to get votes. Those are the kind of lies that politicians are known for.
“When these old men from the South West who are pushing for restructuring were much younger, what did they do? The one that joined politics at the age of 27 is now over 90. They didn’t achieve restructuring when they were younger, is it now that they are above 90 that they think they can achieve it?
We agree that restructuring is a southern agenda, but, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was there for eight years and he did not attempt to do restructuring because he knows the truth, which is that it is not possible.
“President Goodluck Jonathan was there for five years and he did not do restructuring. All he was concerned about was oil derivation; which was more important to the South South (SS) where he came from.
“How come it is now the South West that is championing the issue of restructuring which we all know that is difficult to achieve?
“Even if we want a referendum, the National Assembly has to be set aside, but, are they ready to be set aside?
“No. Even if the National Assembly is ready to be set aside and we are asked to use our voter’s card to vote for or against an issue on ground, we would still not win because restructuring is a southern agenda. The zone would lose as the three northern zones have more registered voters than the three southern zones. Once you know that this would be very difficult to achieve, you don’t push your people out to agitate.
“What you need to do is to strategise and carry other northern states along so that they would know the advantages of restructuring.”