2023 presidency: APC must respect zoning formula, Amaechi backs Fashola

2023 presidency: APC must respect zoning formula, Amaechi backs Fashola

- Rotimi Amaechi has also reiterated that the zoning arrangement in APC has to be respected

- The transport minister and former governor maintained the same stance with his colleague, work and housing minister Tunde Fashola

- Amaechi, however, said it is too early to discuss the 2023 presidency because there are a lot of jobs to be done

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Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transport, has backed work and housing minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola's call to honour the zoning formula ahead of 2023.

Speaking on Tuesday, December 1, on Channels TV, Amaechi said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is built on the principles of zoning and should be accorded the deserved respect in picking its presidential candidates.

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2023 presidency: APC must respect zoning formula, Amaechi backs Fashola
Like Raji Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi said APC must respect the zoning formula. Credit: @ChibuikeAmaechi
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However, due to the tribal diversities of the country, political parties have adopted the zoning formula to ensure the equal rotation of power across the geo-political zones.

When asked if the APC would zone power to the south, the transport minister said he did not have the assurance but the zoning formula must be respected.

“It is a difficult question for me to respond to. I just believe that the zoning, which was done in the North and South should be respected, just like Fashola said.”

Amaechi also said it is “a bit too early” to discuss 2023 presidency when being asked if he would throw the hat into the ring should the APC zone its presidency to the south.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Babatunde Fashola 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.

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Meanwhile, 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.

The APC northeast vice-chairman, Mustapha Salihu, asked the minister 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."

Fashola says APC will retain power in 2023

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Fashola has stated that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would have to think faster and be "better than us" to retake power in 2023.

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The minister made this known on Tuesday, November 24, as conversations continue to be broadened on power shift when President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure is over.

The former two-term Lagos state governor described the PDP as a weak opposition to wrestle power, saying the APC has done massively well to retain the seat in 2023.

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