Atiku, who is also a chieftain of the APC, said this in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja on Thursday.
Atiku stated , “ This blockage of the bill by an APC -led Senate majority is a betrayal of our party’ s pre – election promises . It was an important vote and I ’ m shocked by some so – called progressives’ visceral and cynical opposition to restructuring. ”
He also decried the reluctance of democratically- elected lawmakers to remove the insidious structural impediments to development , which decades of military rule had foisted on the nation .
According to him , instead of building the foundations for a true federation, a small group of so – called progressive senators decided to stick with the new party line, pretending they did not know what restructuring was all about , and that even if they knew , it could not be done .
“ I think this is disingenuous . And I think it is a sad day for our party. But I ’ m confident the APC will learn the right lesson from this self -inflicted defeat , and remember the mission and mandate given to us by the people. ”
He expressed the hope that lawmakers would find “ the courage to stand by what is right, and not by what serves their personal vanities and political interests . ”
Atiku said , “ Let me be clear : Restructuring is no panacea to all our nation ’ s problems . But devolving resources and responsibilities from an overbearing, unresponsive , and ineffective Federal Government to the states is the first step we must make if we are serious about putting our nation back on track , and our people back to work . ”