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2023: Akeredolu Warns APC Against Zoning Of Presidency To North

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

THE Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, has warned leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to perish the seductive idea of zoning the presidential slot to the North come 2023.

Akeredolu in a signed statement on Tuesday said that it was the turn of the Southern part of the country to produce the next President and the party leadership should have no difficulty in making such pronouncement.

Having fixed a fee for the purchase of the nomination form by the party Executive Committee, the governor said it would be convenient for members of the party to avoid self-inflicted crises before the general elections.

Stating that the principle of Federal Character has been enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, he said it would be deceitful for anyone to argue against rotation of the presidency at this period.

“Our party just elected officers on the established principle of giving every part of the country an important stake in the political calculus. The focus has now shifted to the process which will culminate in the participation of our party in the general elections scheduled for next year.

“All lovers of peace and freedom must do everything to eschew tendencies which may predispose them to taking decisions which promote distrust and lead to a crisis, the end of which nobody may be able to predict.

“The leadership of the party ensured that the principle of rotational representation guided its decision at the just-concluded Convention. The party Chairmanship position has gone to the North of Nigeria.

“All other offices have been filled on this understanding. This is the time the leaders of the party must make a categorical statement, devoid of equivocation, on the pattern of succession.

“The party Executive Committee has fixed a fee for the purchase of the nomination form for the office. It is expected, fervently, that it will proceed to complete the process by limiting the propensities for disagreement to a region for possible micro-management. It is very expedient that we avoid self-inflicted crises before the general elections.

“It is the turn of the Southern part of the country to produce the next President. The party leadership should have no difficulty in making pronouncement on this very important issue, just as it has fixed various fees for the purchase of forms.

“This must be done without delay. The principle of Federal Character is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, as amended. It will be disingenuous for anyone to argue against rotation at this period.

“We must not keep our party men and women guessing on the position of the leadership of the party. This is the time to weigh in and take control of the process.

“No statement must suggest, even remotely, that the party harbours certain sentiments which may predispose it to consider throwing the contest open. This is certainly not the time for equivocation. EQUITY DICTATES THAT WE TAKE A STAND,” Akeredolu said.

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