Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:50 am
Emerging report suggests that a former Honorable Minister of Information and Grand Custodian of the HoG Awards, Chief Alex Akinyele has thrown his weight behind the candidature of a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Chief Alex Akinyele, who recently celebrated his 80th Birthday in his residence in Lagos, declined an exclusive chat with several members of the press who thronged his residence to have him comment on state of the nation. If he had commented, it would be the first he would in years, since the inception of the President Mohammadu Buhari administration.
However, the former Minister has broken his silence when he personally signed a statement which appears no seem like he his throwing his weight behind the restructuring call of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In the statement obtained from this platform, Chief Akinyele revealed that Atiku Abubakar is billed to address the nation on how the restructuring he has continually advocated will benefit the South and the North. The Statement reads:
“I have personally signed off and approved the fact that Alh. Atiku should speak to Nigerians through the platform of the HoG Awards holding on the 24th of June, 2018 in Lagos.
“There is the need for every well meaning Nigerians to lend his voice behind restructuring our nation. We believe that the structure isn’t working the way we all expect it to. There is the urgent need to do this debate and make all Nigerians understand how restructuring will work, particularly our brothers and sisters from the North.”
On why the organization chose the former Vice President to speak on restructuring, Chief Akinyele said, “At HoG, we believe in sincerity. We have looked at those clamouring for restructuring and we have seen that the former Vice President is perhaps the most sincere. He has been clamouring for this even when he was in the ruling APC. He didn’t care whether he was on the saddle as president or not but he kept on clamouring that the APC shouldn’t jettison restructuring. Atiku has been very sincere. He isn’t using restructuring for politics. He appears to be calling for it because of patriotism and that is why he will be addressing the nation on restructuring at the HoG Awards 8th Annual Session.”
The event holds on the 24th of June. Distinguished Nigerians like Atiku Abubakar, Ibrahim Dankwambo, Bukola Saraki, Ben Bruce and Shehu Sani will be honored at the Awards Ceremony holding in Ikeja.