- There seems to be discontent within the APC over the micro-zoning arrangement adopted for National Assembly principal offices
- Opponents of the arrangement say it is an invitation to anarchy and vowed to resist the move by the party's leadership
- Micro-zoning is the hand-picking of individuals by the party leadership to occupy certain positions on behalf of a geo-political zone
Some All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders have faulted the micro-zoning arrangement adopted for National Assembly principal offices by the party's leadership.
The stakeholders who consists of zonal and state youth leaders of the party, are of the view that the zoning formula is an invitation to anarchy, as they vowed to resist it in the interest of equity, justice and fairness to all Nigerians.
They urged the party to allow the race opened to all interested parties, so lawmakers can pursue their aspirations.
Among the party stakeholders, who kicked against the plan were zonal and state youth leaders of the party.
After a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, April 16, the zonal and youth leaders from the six geopolitical zones and 31 states of the federation, issued a communiqué demanding that the party leadership release the last minutes of their meeting which ratified the endorsement of certain lawmakers vying for the principal offices of the National Assembly.
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The youths demanded that all the country’s six geo-political zones must be carried along in the zoning of Senate presidency and Speakership of the House of Representatives to avoid chaos.
APC’s north-central leader, Comrade Terver Aginde, who read the communiqué, called for an immediate National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party to ensure that all positions in the National Assembly are properly zoned to accommodate all the zones for equity and fairness.
Aginde declared that no zone is less important than the other, adding that zonal stakeholders should be allowed to own and drive the process.
His words: “We consider the micro-zoning as a recipe for chaos mindful of the experience of 2015. It is anomalous to have made a pronouncement on the position of the Senate presidency and Speakership of the House of Representatives to the exclusion of other positions and other zones.
“It is pertinent for members of our great party to note that the purported National Working Committee (NWC) decision is suspect. Not even the respected and revered national caucus of the APC comprising of major stakeholders such as President Muhammadu Buhari, APC governors, party stalwarts and Board of Trustees (BoT) members addressed the issue.
“We are curious to ask for instance how the decision was arrived at, who moved the motion for micro-zoning, who seconded the motion, who voted for it and who was against it. We dare ask who is benefiting from this arrangement, an Individual or the party? Party members will be glad to see the minutes of the meeting where the decision was taken.”
He lamented that lack of consultation was responsible for the rancour in the rank and file of the APC, adding that “all these are the result of the absence of consultation and lack of input from party stakeholders.”
He continued: “It is worthy of mention that even Mr. President’s candidacy for party primary in the 2019 election which was rightly zoned to the north-west by the party had to be subjected to ratification by NEC.
“We know that every organ of the party has been constitutionally created and assigned specific roles, yet the zonal and state organs have been rendered inactive.”
The APC youth leaders therefore called for the immediate reversal of all purported suspension of members in the name of the party to ensure that all positions in National Assembly are immediately zoned to accommodate the six geo-political zones for equity and fairness.
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Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena recently called on the party’s leadership to ensure that the zoning arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly reflects the remaining four geopolitical regions of the country.
Nabena made the commendation with emphasis on the fact that the president and the vice president are from the north-west and south-west respectively.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, April 16, Nabena warned that if the party does not get it right now, 2023 elections might turn out to be a free fall all in the ruling party.
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