As part of efforts to curb internal feud between chieftains of the All Progressive Congress (APC) regarding the distribution of political offices, the party has allegedly adopted a new formula.
THISDAY reports that the party might adopt zoning formula in dishing out political appointments as it take steps towards arriving at modalities for the distribution of political offices, including formation of the cabinet for the incoming government.
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The party in a statement issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammad, said the leaders have brainstormed on the issues on ground.
“We are meeting to review the governorship elections, and the elections behind us. We have to prepare for the business of the governance such as preparing the ground for transition committee,” he said.
The national secretary while speaking on the issue of political appointments and the zoning formula tagged it a mere speculation, saying: “I think you have been listening to a lot of gossip, nothing like that was ever discussed. All we discussed was to make recommendations to the transition committee, where the government should hit the ground running, what should be immediate, mid-term and long term of government. So, all these issues of minister of and MDAs are your own imagination.
“This government is not going to be like before, we discussed serious issues and honestly I am telling you what we discussed since morning has been what should be the priority of government. Power sharing was not discussed. I don’t know who gave you information but that was not discussed and we are going to resume the discussion tomorrow. We have discussed that also which will interface with the government. I don’t even know myself, because we only made recommendations to the president-elect.”
But, a party source, who did not want his name in print revealed that the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) was also meant to suggest workable zoning formula for the incoming administration.
According to him, the recommendations of the NWC would be forwarded to the top leadership and the APC governors’ forum for their input before finally being presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for endorsement.
It was also gathered that the NWC meeting is to continue today (Thursday) as it could not conclude deliberation on the issues on Wednesday, hence , decided to set up committees to help in making appropriate recommendations.
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In a related development, the APC national secretary also revealed that the party was not satisfied with happened in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Taraba States, adding that the party is patiently waiting to see the outcome of the happenings in Imo State as well.
Mohammed said the APC candidate in Taraba State will today (Thursday) address the press on what happened in her state.
The elections in Taraba, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states were marred by several complaints from political parties chieftains. Some of the chieftains accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials of committing electoral fraud, while Rivers recorded a lot of violence with some voters shot in voting process.