A former vice president and presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is being economical with the truth in his statement that he (Atiku) was against restructuring while in office between 1999 and 2007.
Atiku in a statement, yesterday, by his Presidential Campaign Organisation said Osinbajo needed to be reminded that there were well documented accounts in the Nigerian media chronicling his support and struggle for restructuring.
“Given that restructuring has become the major issue in the 2019 elections and given that Prof. Osinbajo and his boss have been speaking discordant tunes on restructuring, we can understand their desperation to revise history; however, it is impossible to revise documented history.
“To set the records straight, we recommend to Prof. Osinbajo the article ‘Nigeria: 6-1 Onshore- Offshore Jurisdiction Verdict’ written by Jide Ajani, then the Political Editor of Vanguard Newspapers and published on July 13, 2001.
“It is also common knowledge that the six geopolitical zones structure which all parts of Nigeria benefit from today is the fruit of the collaborative efforts of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, the late Alex Ekwueme and other patriots.
“Their efforts at restructuring Nigeria are captured in the Hansard of the 1995 Constitutional Conference, which is a public document and is still available at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Professor Osinbajo may want to familiarise himself with that document.
“The question we want to ask Professor Osinbajo is this – why does he and his boss constantly resort to rewriting history? Why can they not campaign on their achievements? Is it that they are forced to campaign on subterfuge because they have no achievements to campaign on?,” he asked.
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