￼Following the zoning of it national offices, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has appointed a former Governor of Edo state, John Oyegun as its new national chairman.
Oyegun will now take over from the former interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande after the position was zoned to the South South.
His nomination was subsequently approved by APC delegates at the first National Convention of the party, holding at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
According to media reports, Oyegun’s appointment was backed by a national leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu.
It was gathered that Oyegun’s main challenger and former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, who was the candidate of choice for the governors elected under the banner of the party, reportedly made to step down for Mr. Oyegun earlier in the day on Friday.
However, the party is yet to make any official announcement on the development.
APC Zoning Intentional
A member of the House of Representatives, Femi Gabjabiamila on Friday said the zoning system adopted by the party was intentional since it was not entrenched in the party’s constitution.
Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), the minority leader told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the zoning system adopted by the party was an agreement to carry every member along.
“The zoning system is not in our party’s constitution, that decision was intentional to carry the different ethnic groups in the party along,“ he said.
The minority leader said that the party would not sacrifice merit on the altar of zoning if a member merited a particular position in the party.
He said that the convention would produce executive members that would pilot the affairs of the new party, describing the party as “a movement’` that belongs to all Nigerians.
On crisis in the party in some states, he said that it would be resolved amicably within the party.
Also in an interview, Sen. Bola Saraki (APC-Kwara) said that the party did not in any way adopt the zoning system as it was not approved by National Executive Committee of the party.
“For the party to adopt it, it must go to the NEC for approval,“ he said.
He explained said that what the party did was an informal discussion within the party between the various groups.
Also speaking, Sen. Chris Ngige (APC-Anambra) said that the zoning arrangement was the outcome of the dialogue between members of the party from the different geo-political zones.
NAN recalls that the APC at a meeting prior to its convention zoned some offices to some geopolitical zones such as the national chairman was zoned to the South-South.