The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that there is a zoning agreement by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fashola, who spoke in an interview with journalists at the ministry headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, urged the ruling party to honour the agreement he described as a “gentleman agreement.”
This comes after some APC chieftains, especially from the southern region revealed that there was a verbal agreement on zoning by the party.
The Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, had on Monday insisted that any member of the party can contest for the ticket irrespective of geopolitical zone.
However, Fashola, said that although the issue of zoning in the party was a gentleman agreement, the party should honour it.
While affirming his status as a member of the party, Fashola also stated that he is committed to good governance because the best politics is good governance.
Fashola said, “First let’s talk about law. Let’s talk about agreements. The law is the constitution. The constitution decides the age which you can contest certain offices and there is nothing in the constitution that says zoning. All are political parties are clubs where you write agreements just like a social club and we can decide that it is the youngest person who will be the chairman of the club or we can decide that it is the oldest person or the next female or the next male, that is the matter of agreement between people.
“ But the constitution that sets up the climate of political parties formation does not prescribe zoning. The truth is that what makes an agreement special is the honour in which it is made not whether it is written. If it was written there would be no court cases on a breach of contract because it’s a document that is written and signed that go to court. But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister cannot be breached. It must be honoured.
“I belong to a party, APC and it is committed to good governance because I think the best politics is good governance. The beauty of it for me is the opportunity it gives to impact people’s lives. We have elections only once in four years but we have responsibility to provide good governance every day and that’s the culture.”
“To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, it is that simple. That’s politics. If you do what you said you will do even if you don’t do it 100 per cent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish something you started.”