APC leaders set for crucial meeting over zoning of key national offices

Some leaders and elders of the All Progressives Congress will on Wednesday hold a crucial meeting in Abuja to review the party’s performance in the just-concluded general elections.

The National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, confirmed the meeting in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.

He said the party would hold its National Executive Committee meeting next week.

Mr. Oyegun, a former governor of Edo State, refused to disclose the specific agenda of Wednesday’s meeting, which some believe was convened to consider the zoning of the office of the Senate President and that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He merely said “we are still looking at all options,” when asked what the party was doing about zoning of the National Assembly leadership positions.

There has been anxiety in the polity over which of the geo-political zones would produce the two presiding officers and their deputies following inability of the APC contestants in the South East to win a single seat in the March 28 National Assembly elections.

All 15 senatorial seats and 43 House seats in the zone were won by the Peoples Democratic Party.

The APC had originally planned to zone the Senate Presidency or the office of Speaker to the South East, comprising Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Enugu since its presidential candidate and now president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, is from the North West zone and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, from the South West zone.

Mr. Oyegun, two weeks ago in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, expressed sadness that the South East did not elect any APC member into the National Assembly during the March 28 election.

Some reports say the national leadership of the party at a meeting at the Abuja home of Mr. Oyegun last Thursday set up a five-man panel to resolve the thorny issue.

There are, however, conflicting reports about the outcome of the meeting.

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 authorised to do so, told PREMIUM TIMES no such panel was named.

There are also allegations that the report submitted by the panel, whose membership included a former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni and George Muoghalu, was doctored.

According to reports, the panel recommended that the office of the Senate President be zoned to the North Central while that of the Speaker should go to the North East zone even though the president-elect is from the North West.

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.

There was also an allegation that “some members of the committee were compromised with $100,000 shared to influential members while less influential members got only $50,000.”

The APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, had 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,” Mr. Mohammed said in a statement.

“At the appropriate time, Nigerians will be informed of the appointments made and the offices zoned.”


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  • aqua

    WHAT APC SHOULD DO IS ALLOW ALL THE APC SENATORS
    CONTEST FOR THE SENATE PRESIDENCY AND WHOSOEVER
    EMERGES WILL THEN DECIDE ZONING FOR HOUSE SPEAKER.
    FOR ONCE SECTION 137 (j) OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION BARS
    MUHAMADU BUHARI, IT IS FOLLY EXCLUDING THE NORTH-WEST
    AND THE SOUTH-WEST FROM CONTESTING SENATE PRESIDENCY.

    • i dey hear

      • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has

      presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

      …….§137 (j) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

      “A person who has reasonable grounds to
      believe that ANY information given by a
      (presidential) candidate in his affidavit or
      document – submitted to the Electoral Commission –
      is false, may file a suit at the High court
      against such candidate seeking a declaration that
      the information is false. If the court determines
      the information is FALSE, the court SHALL
      issue an order dis-qualifying the candidate from
      contesting the election.”

      ………Section 31 Electoral Act of Nigeria

      • burning spear

        Buhari Initiated Xenophobia In Africa. – BBC News!!!

        The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has have linked the current hate attacks on Africans living in South Africa by the locals to Muhammadu Buhari and Shagari, who gave the same treatment to Africans, mostly West Africans in 1984.

        They claimed that the ‘Ghana-must-go’ policy against Africans was Muhammadu Buhari’s Legacy to Africa in 1984.

        The Seed of the shameful xenophobic Atrocities the World is sadly witnessing in South Africa presently was actually sown by Buhari more than 30 Years ago…

        • mustapha Shehu

          Shame simply shame, please go into history and re discover your ignorance.

  • burning spear

    BUHARI Is All About FRAUD.

    Everything about Muhammadu Buhari has been all proven to be fraud and deceit.
    **Fake declaration of Assets [150 cows for 12years].
    **Inaccurate Affidavit and lying under oath.
    **Lying that the Military board have his certificate.
    **Forging a School certificate.
    **Lying and claiming to have a Masters degree from US War college in 1980. The College started issuing Masters degree in 2000.
    **using about 6.1Million under-age voters for election victory.
    **Buhari improved on the level of Election rigging, via ballot snatching, mass Thumb printing Ballot papers, falsifying the data on Election results sheets.
    **His supporter that claimed trekking from Lagos to Abuja revealed to be a cheat.

    • umunnem

      You need to o hug a transformer. Good news is that it will not kill you as there is no current or electricity there courtesy of your boss, the out-going Dumb One

    • John

      If I were you, I will simply commit suicide because God has done his will. You can go to hell if you want. The biggest liar and fraud in Nigeria’s history is Jonathan and his gorilla wife.

      • citizenka

        No Burning Spear will rather kill himself than commit suicide..

    • Charlotte

      Give up will you. Four years is a pretty long time to be so full of hate. It will eventually eat you up.

  • burning spear

    Buhari Appoints Indicted Former Governor In His Transition Team.

    The indicted former governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Timipre Silva, who is standing charges for stealing Billions of Naira by the EFCC has been appointed by Buhari as a lead member of his transition team.

    Mr Silva told Nigerians last year that he used his money to purchase Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential nomination form, rubbishing Buhari’s lies of collecting a bank loan without verifiable collateral.

    Former Governor Timipre Silva contributed over N4billion to Buhari’s campaign and Buhari is bound to reciprocate that kind gesture, irrespective of his self-claimed anti-corruption posture.

    • bigbang

      The PDP is a weak opposition party. I hope the likes of UPP, APGA, KOWA, Labor, and NCP can step up and provide better competition.

      • burning spear

        The PDP is not a party formed by various almajiris————from Chad, Sudan, Senegal Togo and—Mali–Its the only party with a Nationalistic outlook—unlike the Apes in APC—who relied on the use of Western powers like the USA and Britain to win elections—sold our birthright to the Neo Imperialist powers led by Obama——————– a jihadist Kenyan–That is why–he picked a certificate-less quota system lslamist General–from the camp of Bin Laden–as president–a fraudster if there is one in the world—

  • favourtalk

    May God guide you to produce the best brain for this nation.
    Keep the good work up in making nigeria a better place

  • MushinSpeaks

    Nigerians expect the best of leadership and competence from the APC. CHANGE has come and will stay.

  • burning spear

    Buhari Appoints Indicted Former Governor In His Transition Team.

    The indicted former governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Timipre Silva, who is standing charges for stealing Billions of Naira by the EFCC has been appointed by Buhari as a lead member of his transition team.

    Mr Silva told Nigerians last year that he used his money to purchase Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential nomination form, rubbishing Buhari’s lies of collecting a bank loan without verifiable collateral.

    Former Governor Timipre Silva contributed over N4billion to Buhari’s campaign and Buhari is bound to reciprocate that kind gesture, irrespective of his self-claimed anti-corruption posture.

    • Julius

      You must really hate your life. I pity you 4real. You need prayers and help. May you get both

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    There was also an allegation that “some members of the committee were
    compromised with $100,000 shared to influential members while less
    influential members got only $50,000.”>>>>APC CHANGE!!!!!

  • share Idea

    The meeting is to discuss Buhari’s certificate court case that is supposed to resume in court today. It is strange that PT is not keeping the masses informed about the development in court. Please PT, I will like your investigative skills to be deployed to the certificate issue.

  • Excisionist

    WHEN THIEVES SHARE THEIR LOOTS

    What many have forgotten is that APC is not a party in the real sense of it. It is a coglomerate of unlikely bedfellows. Their only common agenda was to remove President Jonathan.

    Soon it will be clear to everyone that they are like thieves who cooperate to steal and loot. But when the time comes for them to share their loots they fall apart and kill each other. God save Nigeria