A former Governor of Imo State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Achike Udenwa, has revealed the first thing the party would do if it wins the presidential seat again.
Udenwa said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has failed Nigerians by refusing to restructure the country.
The former governor said the first thing his party owes Nigerians was to restructure the country once it returns to power in 2019.
Udenwa, who fielded questions from Daily Sun, said, “I feel that restructuring should be done before the 2019 general elections but now it is clear that the APC government does not want to restructure the country.
“It would have been the ideal thing to restructure the country before the election. I can assure you that when the PDP takes over government, to restructure the country would be our first assignment.
“The APC manifesto with which they won the 2015 presidential election talked about restructuring and they sold this manifesto to Nigerians and Nigerians voted for them based on their own manifesto.
“But you can see that the way they have treated the issue of restructuring up till now tells you that the APC is not a serious party. The APC is not a party you can trust.
“With the problems Nigeria is having, you cannot trust the party because they cannot come up with solutions to our problems.
“Look at all the promises they made before the elections; tell me which one they have fulfilled; none. I can assure you that the PDP is firm on restructuring and it is paramount to the party.
“But if they fail to do that, we cannot say there would not be election without restructuring. I do not support that but the thing is that it is ideal to have restructuring before the elections.
“But if they want to have the elections without restructuring, we leave it to when the PDP comes to power. I was a member of the 2014 National Conference and in all the recommendations, the restructuring was on the front burner.
“We all agreed that it is the only way we can move forward in this country. But the APC is not ready for restructuring, so I do not see how we can entrust the governance of this country in the hands of the APC any more. They cannot be trusted.
“At the National Conference, people gathered from all walks of life and if you know the basis of selecting the delegates of the conference, you would know that every part of this country was represented.
“All classes of people including market women were represented. The civil society was very well represented.
“The traditional institution was well represented. We made very serious deliberations to arrive at the report that we have but unfortunately, this government has said no to restructuring.
“They came with a cosmetic report the other time and said it was the APC programme on restructuring. Do you think that they are serious on restructuring?
“After how many days, you are bringing out a wishy-washy report on restructuring; what are you going to restructure?
“That tells you that these people do not want to restructure but we believe that Nigeria must be restructured. That is what all sections of Nigeria are saying.”