According to Vanguard Newspaper, the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has said something about the main opposition party in Nigeria, The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying the APC is committed, by reaching a zoning formula agreement, to ensure the “Peoples’ destruction party” does not return to power.
Recall Vanguard had reported earlier that PDP had taken a swipe at APC saying APC’s inability to conduct its national convention is one of many reasons “our national life is in shambles”.
But it was said that at a meeting that took place between President Muhammadu Buhari and 19 governors that are elected under the APC at the presidential, Abuja, the All Progressives Congress, APC, said it has agreed on a zoning formula that will swap offices held between north and south.
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By the arrangement made, it was said that all offices that were occupied by northerners in the last eight years will go to the south and vice versa under the new arrangement.
Political pundits have opined possible mass defection from the ruling party if its presidential ticket is not zoned to the south, a scenario some believed is responsible for the constant postponement of its national convention.
But according to Vanguard Newspaper, when speaking to journalists on the outcome of the meeting, Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, made a statement contrary to reports in the media of division among the APC governors, the agreement had been reached on the zoning formula.
“We have agreed on a zoning formula for all the six geo-political zones. Essentially, the northern zone will have the positions the south has had in the last eight years. And vice versa, he said.
“It is a very simple, equitable, and fair formula.
“We will now go back and consult at the zonal level and look at the available positions and the process of the convention preparation we started in earnest.
“So, by the grace of God, on the 26th of March, we would have done our national convention.”
He also commented, “We are committed to ensuring that the Peoples, Destruction Party doesn’t come back to power.”
It was gathered that the eighteen governors that attended the meeting are Yobe, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Cross River, Kaduna, Lagos, Borno, Niger, Gombe, Osun, Kebbi, Anambra dep, Nasarawa, Kwara, Kano, Imo, Kogi, Ogun, and Plateau states.
And also the outgoing deputy governor of Anambra state was there at the meeting.
Ondo, Katsina and Zamfara governors were not present during the briefing.