2019 presidency: Obaseki warns Atiku, says ex-VP may be dragged to court over restructuring

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Pedro Obaseki, a cousin to the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday warned the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, against reneging on his promise to get Nigeria working again if elected in 2019.


He handed this warning while warning Abubakar against using restructuring merely as a political gimmick to get votes in 2019.

Obaseki said this while reacting to Abubakar’s pledge to commence processes for Nigeria’s restructuring within six months if elected president in 2019.

Abubakar gave the promise during PDP’s presidential rally in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday.

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But speaking with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Obaseki warned that if elected and he failed to restructure the country, the former vice president would be dragged to court.

He stated that only a restructured Nigeria would engender peace, progress and prosperity for the country.

Obaseki said: “We will take any presidential candidate who promises restructuring to court if he or she reneges.

“Once you openly commit to restructuring, we will hold you in court if you don’t prosecute it having made an open commitment; an open commitment is a contract whether verbal or written.

“Atiku has come with “let’s keep Nigeria working again’’ as slogan, if Atiku is doing it as a gimmick to get campaign votes, he will regret it because we are going to hold them accountable to their promises unlike in the past.

“All the hallmarks of development that we see today are hallmarks that were planted in the 1960s based on the vision of those men who sat on the table and negotiated the interaction among the federating units.

“Nigeria is the only federation in the world where there is a unitary operation of the federal structure and every state goes to Abuja to collect what they produce ab-initio.

“There is the need for a re-negotiation of issues on the exclusive and the concurrent lists. Federal Government has no business in many of the burdens it bears.

”So many issues on the exclusive list cannot make the country grow.”