Abubakar Atiku, former vice president, has taken aim at senators of the All Progressives Congress, led by the president of senate Bukola Saraki. Atiku said APC senators, who are in majority, failed to fulfil the party’s electoral promise of devolving power to the state in the bid to ensure true federalism.
In his statement, Atiku said the vote on devolution of power was “an important” one and he was “shocked by some so-called progressives’ visceral and cynical opposition to restructuring”.
“I think this is disingenuous and a sad day for our party, but I am confident the APC will learn the right lesson from this self-inflicted defeat and remember the mission and mandate given to us by the people.”
The Waziri also expressed hope that Nigeria’s lawmakers would find the courage to stand by what was right and not by what served their personal vanities and political interests.
“Let me be clear, restructuring is no panacea for all our nation’s problems, but devolving resources and responsibilities from an overbearing, unresponsive, and ineffective federal government to the states is the first step we must take if we are serious about putting our nation back on track and our people back to work,” he said.