Decision-makers in governing All Progressives Congress (APC) may have agreed on a zoning arrangement for the big six positions in party and government at the national level.
A dependable party source in Abuja said after initial hiccups, the South-West finds favour to produce
the next presidential standard-bearer of the party. The North-East gets the running mate ticket.
The Senate Presidency is to return to the South-East, while the North-West is for the Speakership slot according to the source.
The arrangement mirrors what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the ruling party in 1999 presented
as a governance outlook with Olusegun Obasanjo from the South-West as president. His deputy then, Atiku Abubakar, is from Adamawa in North-East.
Now-late Evan Enwerem, the first Senate President, was from the South East. The disgraced first Speaker, Salisu Buhari, is from Kano, North-West.
Though Enwerem and Buhari were booted out of office for forgery, the slots remained in the two zones for the eight years Obasanjo and SouthWest kept the presidency. The governing party also seems
to have kept faith with the PDP’s old blueprint in zoning its national chairmanship position to the North-Central.
The APC Zoning…
The national leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari, has also mentioned his preference for
the former Nasarawa State governor and serving Senator, Adamu Abdullahi for the party’s top job.
During eight years of Obasanjo, PDP produced four national chairmen from the North-Central
in Solomon Lar, Barnabas Gemade, Audu Ogbeh and Colonel Ahmadu Ali (rtd).
South-South also gets the position of national secretary of APC. Following President Buhari’s endorsement of Adamu, leaders of the party in other zones reportedly engaged in hide-and-seek over the national scribe slot.
Party bigwigs seeking higher government positions were said to have worked tirelessly behind the scenes
to ensure their geopolitical zones didn’t get the top party office, in order not to have their ambitions derailed.
Efforts to earlier zone the office to the South-West reportedly met with stiff resistance, following rumours that its acceptance would affect the consideration of the zone for the presidency.
South-East also tipped for the office, at a point, eventually lost it to strong resistance from individuals from the zone seeking higher party and government positions.
South-East eventually landed the Deputy National Chairman (South) slot, for which President Buhari is reportedly backing former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
North-West major stakeholders also allegedly worked against having the national scribe position
zoned to them, considering the earlier rumour some individuals from the zone were eyeing
the Presidency after eight years of President Buhari from the zone.
The number four position in government eventually yielded to the president’s zone.
Meanwhile, despite the official recognition of factions of the party in many state chapters battling leadership crisis, those antagonising the recognised factions are not mellowing.
By Taiyelolu A