Nigeria not ripe for restructuring —Lawmaker

A lawmaker representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, at the weekend, said the country was not ripe for restructuring and not the way out of the present challenges confronting the nation.

Alasoadura, who stated this while speaking with journalists at his hometown, Iju, in Akure North Local Government Area of the state, said the country was not mature enough for restructuring.

He noted that the nation did not have the economic base for the restructuring now.

“Restructuring is good, but my fear is this— there is no restructuring now, people cannot be paid their salaries. If you restructure and say the South-South, stay on your own, South-West, stay on your own, don’t you think some people will die within a year?

“We are not there yet. It is a good thing to do, but we are not there yet. We don’t have the economic power to get separated at this particular time. Remember that there was this cankerworm that ate tomatoes recently, we pay through the nose to have four fruits of tomatoes today. God has created us to live together, to help each other,” he said.

The senator, however, said that the country should be preoccupied about how to find solution to the economic and other challenges facing the nation, so that the living condition of the people could be improved.

Speaking on the forthcoming governorship election in the state,  Alasoadura, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, said there was no plan to zone the governorship slot to any zone in the state.

He said zoning the party’s ticket to any zone of the state was not acceptable, saying it was against the constitution of the party.

He said: “There is no zoning in the constitution of our party. Anybody who has the money to buy the form should go to the field, meet the delegates and let them decide.

“You don’t talk about something that is unconstitutional. Do you want to smuggle it into the constitution of the party or you want to run the party as the founding fathers said we should do it? It is lazy people who are thinking of zoning. As for me, I want to go to the field, fight my way out and get the ticket.”