- A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Elias Mbam, has said that the party has the sole right to decide on the zone that would produce a presidential candidate in 2023
- Mbam made this known on Friday, February 12, in his hometown in Nwofe community area of the state
- The chairman of RMAFC, however, berated those criticising the ongoing party membership registration and revalidation
The chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would decide which zone would produce the 2023 presidential candidate of the party at the appropriate time.
Leadership reports that Mbam spoke on Friday, February 12, at Mgbo-Agbaja in Nwofe community, Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi state after revalidating his membership of the party.
Legit.ng gathered that the APC chieftain who was reacting to the current clamour for the party to zone its presidential ticket to the southeast geopolitical zone, noted that such decision could only be taken by the APC.
He noted that the interest of the zone was better achieved under APC, stressing that the decision to zone presidential slot was entirely reserved for the party.
“The party decides where or which zone gets the presidential slot; the party decides what it wants, it’s not given and the party will decide those that will fly its flag.
“We should desire to belong to the party at the centre because that’s where our hope lies and I want to urge our people to come and register with the ‘moving train’ to achieve our destiny as a people,.’
He faulted claims by some party members that the ongoing party membership registration and revalidation was illegal and unconstitutional.
The APC chieftain noted:
“We are in a political season and APC enshrined freedom of speech in its constitution, hence those holding the view that the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of our party is illegal are merely expressing this freedom."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former member of the House of Representatives, Aminu Sani Jaji, predicted victory for the APC in Zamfara state in 2023.
It was reported that Jaji, who was a former chairman of the House committee on internal security and a 2019 APC governorship aspirant in the state, said the party would take the reign of governance in 2023.
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