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We Can Only Restructure Within The Current ‘Imperfect’ Constitution – Osoba

Elder statesman and former governor of Ogun State, Mr Olusegun Osoba, says Nigeria can solely be restructured with the present structure he described as being imperfect.

Osoba said this throughout a current interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight which aired on Monday.

“I am for restructuring. As long as we have a Constitution, we can only restructure within the current Constitution, as imperfect as it is first,” he mentioned.

Speaking concerning the structure of the nationwide convention, Osoba defined that the President doesn’t have the powers to convene such an occasion.

Rather, the previous governor known as on the National Assembly, in collaboration with the State Houses of Assembly to amend the Constitution on the federal and state ranges for correct restructuring of the nation.

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He defined that the transfer was mandatory following the suggestions made by the individuals of the 2014 National Conference not adopted by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Elder Statesman and former governor of Ogun State, Mr Olusegun Osoba speaks about Nigeria’s restructuring on Channels Television’s NewsNight on January 20, 2020.

According to Osoba, Jonathan was incapacitated from taking an administrative motion as a result of the National Assembly didn’t act on it.

He mentioned, “The President, in a democracy, has no powers whatsoever to convoke a sovereign national conference. You can convoke a National Conference which we have had so many.”

“I have participated in so many. In 1988/89, I was in the one that drafted the Constitution for the Babangida era. I was in the 2014 National Conference.”

“We submitted (the recommendations from) that conference in 2014. Not even one administrative action did Jonathan take.

“What stopped Jonathan then before leaving office was that the report of that conference sent to the National Assembly, the National Assembly didn’t do anything,” he added.

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