THE National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has raised the ante on restructuring the country and challenged President Bola Tinubu to keep the promise of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and let the country be governed by “Federal Constitutional Governance” as contained in its manifesto.
NADECO, in a letter to the president dated June 6, 2023 and signed by its General Secretary and Spokesman, Ayo Opadokun, reminded Tinubu that the coalition remains adamant that the Republican Constitution is what the nation needs “as we grapple with the business of reconstructing our country.”
The letter stated: “All that we are requesting you to do is to use your good auspices and commit yourself to be faithful to the promise upon which your party was elected into office.”
The coalition believes that, “all the many aberrations- political, legal, and structural, which the different military dictators whimsically imposed on Nigeria can then be strategically corrected overtime.
“The 1963 Republican Constitution is one that ensures true federalism and guarantees peaceful co-existence among tiers of government in the country.”
NADECO moans that, “Nigeria remains a country not a nation till date because the military had without Nigerians democratic approval truncated, illegally suspended, abrogated and replaced our negotiated independent constitution and replaced it with Unitary Constitution till date.”
Opadokun, who in the letter noted the significance for NADECO that one of its most prominent leaders has become the elected president, reminded Tinubu that NADECO’s central demand in its struggle was centered on the necessity of returning “Nigeria to a Federal Constitutional Governance upon which we secured our independence.”
The National Democratic Coalition was formed on May 15, 1994 by a broad coalition of democratic minded Nigerians, who ‘fought’ the military government led by the late Sani Abacha to step down and recognize the June 12, 1993 elections, which the late Moshood Abiola, was the acclaimed winner.