The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a purported 2023 zoning list in circulation, saying it is yet to zone its offices ahead of the forthcoming national convention.
President Muhammadu Buhari
There is a list in circulation indicating that the APC has zoned its 2023 presidential ticket to the South and chairmanship to the North, among others.
Reacting to purported zoning arrangement, the Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement released on Wednesday, described the list as the handiwork of speculators who are interested in running for various offices.
“People who are interested in running for one office or the others can speculate. As far as I am concerned, the last Caretaker Committee meeting we held, we did not discuss any related to the zoning.
“That is not what we are concerned with now. What we are concerned with is data collection; how to collect data without making mistake. We are not going to be pressurised because of sentiment.
“Let me say that zoning is not for the Caretaker Committee alone. “It has to do with the President, it has to do with others major stakeholders, it has to do with a lot of people.
“I want to mute the speculation. The list is not from us [Caretaker Committee].
“The President is not in town. There is no way such decision will be taken without consulting with the Mr. President, with the governors and other major stakeholders,” he said.