With the 2019 general elections drawing nearer, the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer President Muhammadu Buhari and his counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been selected to speak on restructuring at the “Handshake across Niger” summit.

 

Further reports said the presidential candidates will be quizzed on their plans, programmes and policies before the 2019 general elections.

 

The summit will take place on Monday, November 19 at the Shell Hall, MUSON centre, Lagos, this was made known by Ngozi Odumuko, coordinator of Nzuko Umunna and one of the organizers of the event.

According Naija Dailies news, Odumoko explained that the summit was designed to move the national conversation on political restructuring forward.

 

Odumoko also stated that the summit themed “Nigeria beyond oil” is aimed at extracting a formal pledge of commitment to restructuring, a priority of the southern and middle belt zones, from the major parties and presidential candidate.

 

She said; “The key priorities of the event is to bring together the various thought leaders of the component regions to articulate progressive ideas that could foster national integration and development especially as we approach the 2019 elections,” Odumuko.

“And to avail an opportunity for thought leaders and socio-cultural organisations to constructively interrogate the presidential candidates of selected political parties on their plans, programmes and policies before the elections.”

 

Also speaking in the summit are Senate President Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives; Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate; and Nnia Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Chairmen for the occasion include two former ministers of external affairs Ike Nwachukwu, a retired major general, and Ibrahim Gambari. Other dignitaries expected at the event are Ike Ekweremadu, deputy Senate president, Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere chieftain, and Edwin Clark, Niger Delta leader.