APC promises power devolution
The newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday disclosed that when the party finally gets power in 2015, the Federal Government will only serve as a monitor to other component units, saying that powers will be devolved on the centre.
The co-chairman of the merger committee, Tom Ikimi, who disclosed this while reading the term of reference to the three committees inaugurated by the APC to handle issues of manifesto, party constitution, INEC, legal, and constitutional compliance, also enjoined the members of the manifesto committee to draft it in a way to define clearly, steps to be taken towards credible process of diversifying the revenue sources of the country, in addition to ensuring an acceptable balance between the recurrent and capital expenditure in budgeting.
He said that agriculture must be given priority, in addition to social services such as education, health services, water supply, power, amp g others.
Speaking further, he urged the committee to note that industrialisation, agriculture, poverty alleviation, should be tackled and promoted by creating an enabling environment.
He charged them to monitor the prevalent social, economic, and political situation in the country, and its impact on the people, and ensure that the party’s manifesto addresses these challenges.
While decrying the security situation of the country at the moment, Ikimi said the party’s manifesto should provide the framework through which the party will sanction corruption of government officials.
However, the constitution committee was charged to examine the constitutions of all the merging parties in detail, and examine the political party constitutions from successful democracies with a view to adopting some suitable provisions.
Meanwhile, while all the committees are expected to submit their reports to the original merger committee within two weeks, each of them are expected to elect chairman, deputy chairman, secretary from among the twenty members in each of the committee.
While constitution committee has Senator Chris Ngige and Attahiru Bafarawa as members, manifesto committee has Audu Ogbe and Echike Udenwa as members, while Kashim Shetima and Gorge Akume are members of committee that will ensure compliance to INEC guidelines and general constitutional compliance.