2015: APC to Zone Top Slots to South-South, South-East
Buoyed by the fact that the party has weakness in the South-East and South-South zones, whereas, the zones present good strength to the ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan, the newly registered All Progressives Congress has decided to revisit the zoning of its offices by considering top party positions for the two zones in a bid to get more support from the zones.
Sources said the mega opposition party might zone its vice-presidential ticket and top party offices to the South-East and South-South, where it currently has a governor each in the two zones.
An APC chief, who spoke on the condition of anonymity “We believe that we should not have any problem in the North-West, North-East, North-Central and the South-East.
“But we need to do more work in the South-East and South-South. From all indications, President Goodluck Jonathan will get the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket. He has strong support in the two zones. We, therefore, need to neutralise him there.
“Apart from embarking on aggressive campaigns in the two zones, more positions will be zoned to the areas. The South-East may get the vice-presidential slot, while the post of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation may go to the South-South. The presence of the Edo State Governor, Adam Oshiomhole and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, will also assist us in the zones.”
The APC leader also explained that the present structure of the party was tentative, adding the composition of its National Working Committee would be national.
According to him, the structure of the party will emerge after its national convention
He said, “We have learnt from the mistakes of the PDP. Although there is a gentleman’s agreement that the presidency will go to the North, others zones will not be neglected.
“We believe that even in the South-South, this government has not met the expectations of Nigerians. The rate of poverty in the country is going up in spite of figures being reeled out by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.”
When asked the plans of the APC for the two zones, the Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the party would focus on the South-East and the South-South.
“Even before the advent of the APC, at the level of the ACN, we had a strong presence in Edo State, which is in the South-South. The governor is in APC, and we have members of the National Assembly.
Also in Anambra, in the South-East, we have federal legislators. We also have a presence in Imo State. We know that Jonathan got a lot of votes from the South-East and South-South in 2011, but things are changing. We know that we have a lot of work in those two zones and we will not relent.”
Similarly, former National Publicity Secretary of the now defunct CPC, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, confirmed the possibility of a realignment of structure.
Fashakin said, “The truth of the matter is that the offices were shared when we were three different parties.
“Now that we are one party, there is nothing like CPC, ACN or ANPP anymore. It’s all one single party — APC. You know, a part of APGA is in this enterprise. The Anambra State election will be a test case. We will work at getting Anambra, and from there we can reach the whole of the South-East.
“We are going to work in all geopolitical zones to ensure the complete routing of the PDP. There will be no hiding place for the PDP. By next week, we will begin membership registration across the country. Everybody will be on the same level. It is going to be a mass movement.
“For the South-South, the question is what have the South-South people benefitted from Jonathan’s government, except the Ijaw people? But it is not only Ijaw people that are in the South-South. We will reach out to every ethnic group in the South-South and other zones too. We will soon hold our convention and whatever issues are left will be sorted out.”
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