APC, All Progressive Congress might not zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the South, an insider has revealed.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that in an interview an APC insider granted Daily Independent, the party’s stakeholders are pushing for the 2023 presidential ticket to be thrown open to all candidates from all zones.
This was revealed by an APC chieftain and member of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee. Read his words below:
“In all honesty, we have not agreed on zoning of the presidential ticket. What we have are just clamour by various stakeholders in the party on where the ticket should be zoned to and they have all canvassed arguments backing their claims.
“While there have been arguments on whether it should be North and South, there have been strident calls by some stakeholders that the best way to go out about so that no aspirant will feel excluded is for the party to throw the ticket open so that all intending aspirants will vie for it and the best will emerge.
“I have sampled the views of many of our party members and I can tell you that majority of them agree with the idea of allowing all intending aspirants to try their luck so that we can arrive at the best.
“On our part, we have not gotten to that stage yet. When we get to the bridge, we will cross it. We have just concluded our membership and revalidation exercise and we are also preparing for our national convention which is not too far away,” he said.
Another top APC member, Hon. Abdullahi Bello , State Chairman of APC, Kogi State also said the party must throw the ticket open to all so as not to close the door to its best aspirants. He also added that zoning is ungodly.
“I have never for once supported zoning because it is undemocratic. Zoning is ungodly and it deprives the best candidate the chance of getting the ticket. It is only when you throw the ticket open to all the aspirants that you can get the best candidate.
“I belong to the school of thought that the APC ticket should be thrown open to every eligible aspirant to aspire for the number one position of our country. Looking at the situation in our country today, this is not the time to be talking about zoning. Our focus should be on capacity. Let the best man take up the job of leading Nigeria”.
“The best candidate for APC in that election is no other person than my principal, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and it will be unfair if he is deprived of contesting because of zoning”, he said.
Alhaji Tunde Balogun, Lagos State Chairman of APC warned that the gentleman arrangement must be followed to avoid creating crisis in the party.
“It is not possible for the ticket to be thrown open. We have founding fathers of this party and based on their agreement at their meetings then, President Muhammadu Buhari was able to pick the ticket after it was zoned to the North.
“So, now that he is completing his eight years, how can we now begin to change the goalpost in the middle of the game by saying the ticket should be thrown open to both North and South?
“It has been agreed then that the zoning arrangement should continue in 2023, which means it has to come to the South. Talking of throwing the ticket open doesn’t show fairness and justice. In order not to create problems for ourselves, it is just wise for us to abide by our agreement in the spirit of justice and fair play”.