The North West caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had reportedly made a deal with the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu over the sharing of juicy positions if the party wins the 2023 election.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that Tinubu had reportedly struck a deal with the region for the vice presidential slot before he opted for Kashim Shettima who is from the North East.
The regional caucus also allegedly demanded for the positions of secretary to the government of the federation, finance, works, agriculture, Federal Capital Territory, and interior minister.
According to Daily Sun, the region made the demand as the only condition to support the candidacy of Tinubu who is from the the South West geopolitical zone.
VANTAGE NEWS learned that a popular governor from the region tabled the demands on behalf of the caucus.
Also, the zone asked for other key political appointments, including the office of the national security adviser and the headships of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL); Bank of Agriculture (BoA); Bank of Industry (BoI); Department of State Services (DSS), and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
While presenting the document containing the demands, the caucus informed Tinubu of the importance of the zone in every election, stating that it was crucial to the emergence and reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
The caucus also tasked Tinubu to focus on ending insecurity in the zone, and to also pay attention to the agricultural sector which is the biggest employee if labour for the people of the region.
“The North West contributed to the electoral victory of the APC in 2015 and 2019 presidential elections by winning all seven states – Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa
“Indicative of its voting contributions in recent national elections, five out of every ten votes for the APC in 2015 came from the North West, while four out of every ten votes for the party in 2019 came from the region,” the document made available by Daily Sun showed.
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