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Ex-APC chairman blames military for ‘lopsided political structure’

Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has condemned successive military governments that ruled Nigeria for 29 years since Independence, saying they created states and local governments by fiat for selfish reasons rather than through any scientific political reasoning.

This, Akande said, has necessitated a restructuring of the country.

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The former APC chief, who is also a former governor of Osun State, made the assertion in a paper on “Devolution of Powers and National Restructuring”, which he delivered at the weekend at the APC-USA Second Annual Convention in Washington DC, United States of America, where he was Special Guest of Honour.

Supporting restructuring, which he described as “an equitable rearrangement and redistribution of the existing states and local governments per population within the various ethnic nationalities,” he called for appropriate amendments to the country’s Constitution. According to him, this would be required to accommodate the various rearrangements and redistribution.

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He, however, admitted that it would be politically unwise to define the word equitable in such a way it would be easy to convince “those enjoying the unfair advantage at present to surrender such.”

He also said constitutional amendments or not, Nigerians had begun to see themselves as belonging to geo-political zones.

Akande said the South-west had moved further to create a Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) to conduct research to generate pieces of advisory information for the benefit of each of the South-western state governments on integrated development programmes.

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