A former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Wednesday said that restructuring lies with the National Assembly and not with President Muhammmadu Buhari.
“I would say with all authority that restructuring lies with National Assembly. The president is not a military president, he cannot change anything by decree, sovereignty in Nigeria now is vested in the National Assembly, he said Wednesday after a visit to the President.
” Those agitating for sovereign national conference must go through the National Assembly and unless the National Assembly surrenders part of its powers by an Act, there can never be sovereign nations conference.
“Secondly, agitation for referendum, there must be an act of the National Assembly to create that referendum, it’s not the president that would by fiat or by executive order, order for referendum. It must go through the National Assembly and that is why I plead with our elders: Pa Edwin Clark, Pa Adbanjo, Professor Banji Akintoyin, all across Nigeria, they met the 8th senate and they heard what that National Assembly has done in terms of the review of the constitution. They should come back and tell us! We can no move forward until we recognize the importance and the powers vested in the National Assembly. And for restructuring, let us go through the legal route.”
He appealed to Nigerians, especially statesmen and others agitating for restructuring of the country, to be patient with the President and the APC adding that steps would be taken to get the National Assembly start debate on legalising the relevant aspects of the report.