- APC sources have said the party would unveil the zone that would produce its presidential candidate next year
- The NEC meeting of the party had on Tuesday, December 8, extended Governor Mai Buni-led committee by six months
- Zoning has been on a front burner after the inauguration of President Buhari for a second term in office
The agitation among the leaders of the All Progressives Congressive (APC) on which region should produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor may be put to rest next year.
Daily Trust reports credible sources in the party said the APC would take the important decision on where its 2023 presidential candidate would come from in June 2021.
Legit.ng gathered that a source said if the north gets the slot of the national chairman of the party during the national convention of the party, the presidential candidate of the party would come from the south and vice versa.
It would be recalled that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on Tuesday, December 8, extended the lifespan of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led 13-member APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) by six months.
According to the newspaper, competent sources said the window would afford the party opportunity to resolve contentious issues, zoning inclusive.
One of the sources said:
“This is partly why President Muhammadu Buhari in his remarks at the NEC meeting harped on healing wounds, mending fences and respecting the free-merger agreement reached by those behind the formation of the APC."
According to the source, the issue of which part of the country should produce the APC’s flag bearer was threatening the existence of the party.
President Buhari had said the Buni-led caretaker committee had succeeded in bringing the new atmosphere of hope to the party and urged party members to collectively work towards the sustenance of peace.
Buhari had said:
“What is required now is for all of us as leaders of the party to maintain discipline and ensure that this new momentum is protected, sustained and the decisions of party organs are respected by every member.
“May I use this opportunity to remind all of us of the need to recreate our negotiation the secret of 2012, 2013 under our legacy parties, what guided our success to achieve the merger that produced the APC was the respect we were able to have for each other."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former national vice-chairman, south-south of the APC, Hilliard Eta, was expelled from the party.
It was reported that Eta was expelled on Tuesday, December 8, by the party's national executive committee at an emergency meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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