The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the zoning of national offices, ahead of the party’s national convention scheduled for March 26, has shifted to the zones. State governors are clashing with other party leaders over who gets what in the proposed arrangement.
Multiple sources told THISDAY yesterday that the leadership of APC was sharply divided over the micro-zoning of the party offices.
An insider said many of the APC governors in the North-central, for instance, want the position of National Chairman thrown open, against the purported endorsement of Senator Abdullahi Adamu by President Muhammadu Buhari.
One of chairmanship aspirants told THISDAY, “Since the party has allocated the position to the North-central, the zone should be allowed to decide who becomes its choice, rather than by imposition, as being speculated in the media.”
Other aspirants in the race for National Chairman in the zone include Senator Tanko Al-Makura and Saliu Mustapha.
In the South-west, where the post of National Secretary had been zoned, national leader of APC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, was said to be at loggerheads with the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as well as Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun over the choice of Senator Iyiola Omisore from Osun State for the position.
APC governors in the zone were said to have settled for Omisore for National Secretary, “for political strategy,” but Tinubu and former National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, were said to be opposed to the choice.
Similarly, in the South-south, the micro-zoning of National Publicity Secretary to Delta State, which was believed to have been influenced by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, THISDAY learnt, was generating conflict among party leaders in the zone.
The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of APC officially approved the recommendations of its committee on zoning arrangement recently. In the zoning agreement, the posts of National Chairman and Deputies of National Secretary, National Legal Adviser, National Publicity Secretary, and others were allocated to the North-Central.