- Senator Sani Yerima has said that the leaders of APC did not agree on the zoning system in 2014
- Fashola and some leaders of the party had stated that there was a gentleman agreement on the zoning before the merger in 2014
- The former governor, however, challenged APC chieftains to provide evidence
A former governor of Zamfara state, Sani Ahmad Yerima, has challenged the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who claimed that the party agreed in 2014 that the south would produce the president in 2023.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Yerima who is a serving senator said there was no agreement either written or otherwise among founding members of the ruling party for zoning of the presidential ticket.
Legit.ng gathered that the Fashola had urged the leadership of the ruling APC to honour the gentleman agreement they reached before President Buhari was supported in 2014.
Senator Yarima, who had since declared his interest in the 2023 presidency, said while speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, December 16, that there was no such agreement.
He said he was privy to all the meetings held to form the erstwhile main opposition party and that zoning of the presidency was never an issue.
Yarima, however, challenged chieftains of the party with contrary evidence to bring it to the public domain.
“You see, I don’t think there is anything like agreement. You can ask Mr. President, he led the group, Asiwaju was there, I was part of it, there was no meeting I didn’t attend or any meeting that I attended that there is such agreement.
“Agreement can’t be verbal, it has to be written. In any case, any agreement that is contrary to the laws of this country is not an agreement. The constitution is very clear, the constitution of the political parties, the Electoral Act. We are in a democracy and democracy is governed by processes and procedures and bylaws.
He said the constitution of Nigeria doesn’t recognize anything called zoning, adding that there is nothing like zoning in the APC constitution.
"If there is that agreement why didn’t we put it in the constitution? So nobody will just come and say that there is an agreement, take your constitution and amend it, but that agreement if there is then nobody will come from another side and work against the constitution."
Tinubu gets approval from loyalists ahead of 2023
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was given the nods to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
It was reported that Tinubu's staunch supporters and loyalists met in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Tuesday, December 15, to launch a presidential campaign movement tagged "The South-West Agenda (SWAGA)" for him.
The former governor of Lagos state and APC chieftain is being rumoured to be eyeing the country's most respected stool should his party zone the presidency ticket to the south.
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