Global Upfront Newspapers
Cover News Politics

EXCLUSIVE: APC Caretaker NWC in a hitch over 2023 zoning of Presidential ticket, other offices; may seek extension

By Madu Onuorah

The Governor Mai Mala-Buni Caretaker National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have run into a hitch over the zoning of party positions.

Global Upfront Newspapers (GUN) reliably gathered that members of the committee are not agreeing on the zoning arrangement which they see as a determinant to where the Presidential flag bearer of the party will come from in 2023, whether South or North?

The National Chairmanship position of the party was in the South South region being held by Edo born former Governor, Adams Oshiohmole, before he was sacked on June 25 at a special National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, climaxing the high political intrigues in the leadership of the party.

In Oshiohmole’s place, Yobe State Governor Buni, who was a former National Secretary of the party, was drafted to head the interim NWC for three months, a template drawn by the forum of Governors of the party.

The Buni-led NWC was charged with the responsibility of organizing a convention to elect a new substantive NWC. And to do that effectively, looking at the next general election in 2023, positions need to be re-zoned.

Most members of the party in the South, including some Northerners, expect the Presidential flag bearer of the party to come from the South after President Buhari’s eight-year tenure, in line with the zoning policy of the party.

For the Presidency to come to the South, the National Chairman should come from the North. But some are pushing for power to remain in the North and wants the National Chairman to go to the South East or the South South, meaning either Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Cross River States.

However, some powerful hardliners said to be protecting Muslim interests are pushing for a Northern Christian to emerge the National Chairman so as to leave open the possibility of either Northern or Southern Muslim to pick the Presidential ticket.

Both former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, group and some Northerners are at home with this arrangement as it provides a safe landing measure to avert crisis in the party this early, ahead of 2023.

But GUN learnt that the most vulnerable and powerless group of the party, the South East and some Christians from the South West and South South are kicking against this arrangement.

Our source said that both the interim NWC and other leaders of the party are divided on the issue of zoning and the move now is to come up with a zoning plan that would not aggravate the heightened tension in the party over which zone between North and South picks the President.

Members of the Caretaker NWC includes Governor Buni; North East as Chairman, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, South South Secretary, Senator Ken Nnamani, South East member, David Lyon, South South, member; Governor Isiaka Oyeyola of Osun, South West, member. Tahir Mamman, SAN, a professor of law, North East, member; Abba Ari North West, Senator Abubakar Yusuf representing the Senate, member, Hon. Akinriemi Olaide representing the House of Representatives., Mrs Stella Oketete from Delta represents the Women, James Lalu represents the Physically challenged, and Ismail Ahmad represents the Youth.

Advertize With Us

See Also

Actors Guild Of Nigeria Bans Shooting Of Films Without Security Cover Or Outside Cities As Abductors of 2 Nollywood Stars Demand $100,000

Global Upfront

Turkey, West avert Diplomatic crisis after Erdogan threatens expulsion of 10 Envoys

Global Upfront

Buhari express deep shock over terrorists’ killing of 69 in Niger Republic

Global Upfront

Attacks by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, bandits in Northern Nigeria leaves over 110 dead

Global Upfront

Military airstrikes kills “several” Boko Haram Terrorists,’ destroy their hideouts at Maima and Tusuye along the Dikwa-Rann axis, Borno State

Global Upfront

Jega, Nwodo, Adebanjo: Restructure Nigeria now

Global Upfront

Controversial Infectious bill arrives Senate, passes first reading

Global Upfront

The security guard blurted ‘I love you’ to Joe Biden in an elevator. One viral video later, she nominated him for president

Global Upfront

We Have No ESN Camp In Enugu-Ezike, Enugu State, Says IPOB, Task Youths To Take Back Their Communities

Global Upfront

What happens to your Google data after you die? Here is the answer

Global Upfront

This website uses Cookies to improve User experience. We assume this is OK...If not, please opt-out! Accept Read More