There seem to be signs that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in a dilemma over the zoning of the 2023 presidency.
The APC which is believed to be looking southwards could still throw the race open for both northern and southern aspirants, reports to The Punch.
Quoting a top leader of the APC who was not named, the paper said the party was still considering options that could make it retain the presidency in 2023.
The party leader said, “Although from all indications, the next chairman will come from the North, that will not stop interested northerners from vying for the APC presidential ticket. We have competent aspirants in the North and the South. We have not made up our minds, but we will go for the best, who will help us retain the presidency in 2023.”
It also quoted an APC leader from the North stating all options were still on the table for the party.
The party leader stated, “If the chairman and the President come from the North, the worst the party can do is to give the chairman a political appointment and allow his deputy, who will be a southerner to step in. Also, we can retain the present arrangement by retaining a northern chairman and picking our presidential candidate from the south.”
However, it was learnt that chieftains of the APC, who were pushing for a president from the South were insisting that the party could not turn around to zone Presidency to the North after the same region had produced the chairman of the party.
It was gathered the party’s National Executive Committee would meet on the issue after the February 26 national convention.
“We are studying what is going on in the PDP, but NEC will meet after the national convention and decide the best option,” a national officer of the party said on condition of anonymity.
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