Knocks and suspicions have continued to trail the report of the Governor Nasir El- Rufai-led Committee on True Federalism which was submitted to the National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) last week.
Many Nigerians who have been following the debates on restructuring over the years have expressed doubts over the sincerity of the ruling party to implement the recommendations of the committee especially as the four- year mandate given to the party by Nigerians is gradually winding to a close and the nation approaching another election year.
To others, by setting up the committee on restructuring with less than 15 months to the end of its tenure and with the release of election timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ruling party is also guilty of what it accused former president Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of in 2014 when it said Jonathan and the PDP had ulterior motives by convening a national conference with few months to the conduct of the 2015 general elections.
Kenneth Mokwugo, a public affairs analyst said “ When the APC set up the El Rufai committee, I said Nigerians should not expect anything from the outcome.
They just did it to silence those criticising it of not been sincere to its manifesto which clearly states that
“To achieve this laudable programmed (Change Agenda) , APC government shall restructure the country, devolve power to the units, with the best practices of federalism and eliminate unintended paralysis of the center.”
“Now, with election around the corner, what assurance do we have that APC will implement some of the things recommended in the report such as state police and so on?
What if the party is not returned in 2019, how are we sure that the new party in government will want to take a second look at the El Rufai report when the report of the 2014 confab handed over to APC in 2015 is currently gathering up dust in the archives?” he asked.