The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO), has reacted to the announcement by the President Muhammasu Buhari-led government that it would list 40 per cent of its shares in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE).
Segun Showunmi, APCO spokesperson, in a statement on Friday, said it was cheering that the current administration eventually “submitted to good counsel earlier proposed” by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
He said whereas some ill-advised officials of the present government criticized Atiku for the suggestion, it is laughable that they were now praising the Federal Government for the idea patented by Atiku.
The statement added: “However, we expected that the Federal Government would recognize and give accolades to Atiku for lifting a portion of policy proposal espoused by the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization.
“For the avoidance of doubt, what Atiku is proposing is a more comprehensive privatization process that will make the financial records of the NNPC more transparent, and its operations more efficient.
“The Atiku 2019 campaign has prepared a robust and well-thought out policy initiatives that when implemented will succinctly address the myriad of problems that the sluggishness of the Buhari presidency has foisted on the country’s socio-economic well-being.
“Once again, we welcome the initiative to get the NNPC listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange, thus making the oil and gas giant accountable to Nigerians. Be that as it may, it would have been more honourable for President Buhari administration to tell Nigerians that the initiative was Atiku’s brainchild.”