- An ex-national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has replied President Muhammadu Buhari's recent comment on 2023 polls
- President Buhari had on Thursday, June 10, said that the leadership of the party would determine where his successor would come from in 2023
- Odigie-Oyegun, however, said that the president was right in his explanation on the 2023 presidential election
FCT, Abuja - John Odigie-Oyegun, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari on how his successor would emerge in 2023.
Oyegun noted that politics is about inclusiveness, adding that no area of the country should be alienated in running the affairs of the country.
He added that every part of the great country should be given a sense of belonging in terms of appointive and elective office.
APC must respect zoning in 2023
The APC chieftain stated:
“What the president said is what it ought to be. We are building not just a political party but a nation. Politics is all about inclusiveness although some Nigerians choose to call it zoning or rotation, I prefer to call it inclusiveness.
“We must learn to be as inclusive as possible. Every part of a local government, a state or a nation especially as multi-ethnic and multi-religious as Nigeria must build a system where everyone will have a sense of belonging there is no two ways to it. Every part of this great country should be given a sense of belonging in terms of appointive and elective office. zoning is inevitable."
The Guardian also reports that President Buhari on Thursday, June 10, said no one has the power to decide for the ruling APC on zoning.
According to him, nobody should sit in Lagos or any part of the country and decide on the fate of APC on zoning.
He also stated the restructuring of the party has begun, adding that only members of the political party have the power to decide its fate.
APC leadership will determine my successor in 2023
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that amid the clamour for the 2023 presidential ticket to be zoned to the south, President Buhari said the decision lies with the APC.
It was reported that the president said this on Thursday, June 10, during an interview with Arise Television, adding that the issue of zoning can't be determined by any single individual.
Buhari explained that the APC caretaker committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state was working to reposition the party so that members are involved in the decision-making.