- Doyin Okupe advises Nigerians on what to do for politicians who are opposed to the call for restructuring
- Okupe said the call for restructuring was being misconstrued by some people to mean balkanisation
Former presidential aide, Dr Doyin Okupe, has said that in 2019 Nigerians may not vote for politicians who are opposed to the clamour for the restructuring of the nation.
NAIJ.com gathered that Okupe while addressing journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Monday, October 2, noted that the call for restructuring was being misconstrued by some people to mean balkanisation.
Okupe said: “Some people erroneously believe that when we call for restructuring, we are calling for the breakup of the country.
“No, restructuring which we are calling for means the return of the country to true federalism which was practised at independence.
“If care is not taken, we may convert 2019 elections into referendum on restructuring. What I mean is that your party will not matter, your personality will not matter, your programmes will not matter; it will be: are you for restructuring or are you against it?
“Those of us who are for restructuring will vote, governors, senators, House of Assembly members, House of Representatives members who are interested in restructuring because we know that the National Assembly is the battleground and we will settle it.”
Meanwhile a previous report by NAIJ.com says the national legal adviser of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muiz Banire, on Monday, October 3, said poverty and lack of enlightenment were major problems facing Nigeria, not restructuring.
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Banire made the assertion on the sidelines of an Independence Day Anniversary programme organised by the Lagos state chapter of the Buhari Youth Organisation and National Orientation Agency in Lagos.
Banire told NAN that poverty and ignorance were the main reasons for agitation for secession in some parts of the country.
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