The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that many politicians are exploiting Nigerians over calls to restructure the country.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been at variance recently on the issue.
While Atiku insisted Nigeria must be restructured, Osinbajo, on the other hand, said the West African nations do not need geographical restructuring.
And in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the APC accused Atiku of staying silent on the issue before now even while he was in office.
According to the ruling party, Atiku is a “latter-day convert” of restructuring but is only supporting it now to score cheap political points.
“Osinbajo, in his well-articulated response to Atiku, submitted that what Nigeria requires now is not geographic restructuring but good governance, honest management of public resources, deeper fiscal federalism and a clear vision for development,” the statement read.
“The All Progressives Congress cannot agree more with Prof Osinbajo.
“It must be said that the calls for restructuring by many politicians are oftentimes a populist and opportunistic ploy to latch on and politically exploit simplistic public narratives on the panacea for Nigeria’s problems and not necessarily for its realism and practicability.”
The APC cautioned Nigerians not to “succumb to ethnic champions who promote campaigns to break up the country into tiny bits or other unrealistic and unpatriotic proposals in the name of restructuring to solve our problems as a country.
“It is simplistic and unconstitutional.
“For instance, Atiku was Vice-President and Chairman of the National Economic Council throughout the eight years of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
“How did he use his office to correct the imbalance in our federation he expresses today?”
It further warned that “We must be wary of latter-day converts to the matter of restructuring, exploiting the issue for populist political campaigns.”