Stake Holders of the All Progressive Congress will convey for a crucial meeting on Wednesday the 22nd of April in Abuja to review the party’s performance in the just concluded 2015 General Elections.
National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, confirmed the meeting to Premium Times on Tuesday via a telephone call saying, the party would be holding its National Executive Committee meeting.
The Chairman who did not reveal the agenda of the meeting when asked if it was concerning the zoning formula for key National seats such as, Senate President and that of Speaker of the House of Representatives. He said; “we are still looking at all options”.
Originally, APC planned to zone the Senate Presidency or the office of Speaker to the South East, being Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Enugu but, the inability of APC contestants in that region to win a single seat in the March 28 National Assembly elections has caused a dilemma.
Mr. Oyegun, expressed sadness that the South East did not elect any APC member into the National Assembly during the March 28 election. While reports say the leaders constituted a five-member panel to work out the formula for sharing the major positions ahead of the May 29 inauguration of the APC federal administration, sources at the party’s national secretariat, who would not want to be named because he was not authorized to do so, told Premium Times no such panel was named.
The report recommended that office of the Senate President be zoned to the North Central while the Speaker should go to the North East. However, a member of the National Working Committee of the party, who claimed to be privy to discussions said, “The zoning formula in the public now did not emanate from the NWC”.
“This is not 1993; the present realities do not support ceding the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the North alone. What we did was to cede the Senate President to the North east and the Speaker to the House of Representatives,” he stated.
APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, on Monday asked Nigerians, particularly members of the party, to disregard media reports about zoning of leadership offices in the National Assembly.
“No appointments have been made and no offices have been zoned. The main concern of our party at the moment is to ensure a smooth transition and to hit the ground running, in the overall interest of the long-suffering people of Nigeria, At the appropriate time, Nigerians will be informed of the appointments made and the offices zoned.”