Former Interim National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has declared that the party did not promise to restructure the country during its campaigns.
Akande, who spoke while addressing journalists shortly after the South West APC stakeholders meeting in Ibadan the Oyo State capital on Thursday, disclosed that there was no section of the party’s manifesto where restructuring can be found.
He, however, remarked that devolution of powers was what Nigerians should be asking for instead of restructuring.
The ex-Governor of Osun State in his remarks after the close door meeting held for over 2 hours said “Restructuring is not our language, go and ask those people shouting restructuring what is the definition of restructuring.
“What we are saying is devolution of powers. Go and ask restructuring advocates that question. Go and ask them the meaning of restructuring”.
Akande also mentioned that the decision of the meeting was to allow states have powers in making decisions of their own by giving them more powers and functions.
He said “The decision of this meeting is not about that, the decision of the meeting advise the country to allow the state that have land to farm.”
Akande while speaking further commended the governors under the platform of the party saying that they have done excellently.
“I told you that this is a meeting of party leadership outside and inside the government.
“We are concerned about the service of our government to the people”, he said.
Present at the meeting include the host, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, his counterparts from Osun, Ondo and Lagos, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and Akinwumi Ambode respectively.
Others include former Governors of Ekiti State Chief Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister for Mines and Steel Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Senator Olusola Adeyeye.
Also in attendance at the meeting were Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yusuff; Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Claudus Daramola; Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; Minister for Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu and former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao Akala.