- Arguments over the rotation of presidency within the ruling APC is still ongoing
- Minster of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola raised the ante this week with his comments on the issue
- An APC chieftain, Mustapha Salihu, has asked Fashola to further give more insights on the issues he raised
The heated conversations over the rotation of the presidency within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took a different dimension this week with the comments of the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Fashola had advised the leadership of the APC to respect and honour the agreement reached at the formative stage of the party for zoning to take place.
Fashola is the first APC leader revealing that indeed there was a zoning agreement between chieftains of the party in the past.
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Before now, some chieftains of the ruling party have been saying no such agreement exists in the APC.
Fashola's comments seem to have triggered more comments on the issue, with several APC chieftains giving contrary information on the true situation of things.
Speaking to Daily Sun, the APC northeast vice-chairman, Mustapha Salihu, asked Fashola to explain the quarters where it was done and the parties to the unwritten agreement.
“First, he has to provide people that were privy to that agreement. Even if he didn’t mention names, he will say the stage where it was done, whether at the point of merger, then you know from research those that participated in the merger.
“I can’t tell you yes or no because I was not privy to that agreement. If people who were privy to it will say, yes, there was and they will be the ones championing it and prevailing on the party to implement it.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has called on southeast politicians to engage the northern part of the country in dialogue in their quest for Igbo presidency in 2023.
The former deputy Senate president made the call on Wednesday, November 25 in Abuja at a book presentation authored by brands strategist, Ikem Okuhu.
The Enugu-born federal lawmaker noted that while the calls for ceding the presidential tickets of the major political parties to the southeast are in order, he, however, counselled that the zone must engage the northern part of the country in dialogue.
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