APC denies zoning chairmanship to North Central

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that it will not zone its national chairmanship to the North Central.

Senator James Akpanudoedehe, the national secretary of the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), stated this Wednesday in Abuja during a press conference.

In response to a media claim that the CECPC had zoned the job to the North Central, Akpanudoedehe stated that zoning was not part of the CECPC’s jurisdiction.

“I have the responsibility to report whatever decision the CECPC makes, and to the best of my knowledge, the committee has not addressed zoning,” he explained.

With the party’s national conference set for February 2022, Akpanudoedehe predicted that party members will come up with several zoning assumptions.

“People are simply flying what will benefit them; all I know is that the caretaker committee has not debated or reached a zoning decision,” he says.

Also, Senator Victor Lar, the media director of Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff Campaign Organisation, said that the report was laughable describing it as figment of the imagination of those who planted it.

Sheriff, a two-term governor of Borno State, is a frontline aspirant for the APC chairmanship.

“We find the purported story as very laughable because the organs of the party that are supposed to communicate that kind of information are not the ones communicating it.

“For that reason, we will take it with a pinch of salt.

“Again, the APC as a party has never adopted zoning, therefore, the story of it zoning the national championship to the North Central can better be described as a figment of the imaginations of those who planted it.

“We find the report to be very poor scheming of people who are scared of contesting the position with the Sheriff,’’ Lar said.

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He said it was obvious that Sheriff’s hard work and his mannered campaign had unsettled other aspirants.

This, he said, was especially because he had gained unprecedented support from party members and critical stakeholders from across the country.

Lar added that the race for the APC national chairmanship was an open contest, saying that the best candidate should be allowed to emerge.

He said this was necessary for the party to be galvanised for victory in the 2023 general elections.

He said that Sheriff remained the best candidate for the APC national chairmanship.

On the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari for the party`s National Convention to hold in February 2022, Lar said there was need for the National Executive Committee (NEC) to meet and rectify the date.

“Though we had commended the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) for taking the initiative to meet with Buhari on the need for the party’s National Convention to be conducted.

“The decision to hold the convention in February 2022 has to be taken by the party’s NEC. The president does not have the constitutional powers to call for a meeting.

“Neither do the governors elected on the party’s platform. It is only the party’s NEC that can take such a decision as regards to when its national convention will hold.

“The February date must therefore be rectified by the party’s NEC to make it constitutional,“ he said.

Lar appealed to APC members and Sheriff`s teeming supporters to remain calm and focused.

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