The chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) and governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has faulted the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which places security in the exclusive legislative list.
Akeredolu also faulted the concept of federalism being practised in the country.
Pointedly, the Ondo governor said the Federal Government wields too much powers and there was a need to rejig the constitution in such a way that will give powers to the States of the federation.
He, however, commended Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants, for his statement on the need to restructure the country.
In a statement issued in Akure, the state capital on Thursday, Governor Akeredolu, who said the 1999 Constitution, as amended, mocks the federal status of the country, noted that the precarious state of the polity, regarding security and economy, makes a rejig compelling.
He said, “We hold it as self-evident that a federal state must put in place a system of administration which reflects its heterogeneous character.
“The Federating units must progress from the semblance of autonomy to the recognition of their unique features which justify their existence. All institutions must emerge as consequences of deliberative engagements designed to accommodate and serve all segments of society. Social services become seamless and effective when governance is localized.”
Akeredolu added that legislators must consider, very seriously, making laws which will deepen the current democratic experiment.