2023: APC Chairmanship divides North-East governors

As the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, (CECPC), sustains its denial on the zoning arrangement for its national offices ahead of its scheduled February national convention, it has been revealed that individual ambitions of certain governors and chieftains with eyes on 2023 general election are partly responsible for the evasiveness trailing which zone gets what in next month’s exercise.

According to reports, two governors of the party from the North-East zone have been accused of smarting for the slot of vice-president and are pushing for the zoning of the National Chairmanship of the party out of their geo-political zone.

In the race for the office of National Chairman from the North-East zone are former Bauchi State governor and former Minister of Aviation, Isa Yuguda; two-term governor of Borno State and former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff and a chieftain of the party from Adamawa State, Chief Sylvester Moniedafe.

While Borno and Yobe States are under the grip of the APC, both Bauchi and Adamawa are under the control of the main opposition party, (PDP).

A party source told newsmen that two of the APC governors, Mai Mala Buni and Babagana Zulum who, on their first term were indifferent to the emergence of national chairman from the North-East, having been talked into the presidential project of certain aspirants.

Incidentally, the Yobe State governor is the Chairman of the CECPC, put in place by the APC National Executive Committee in June 2020.

The source disclosed that apart from allegedly working to preclude Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff from the race, the Borno State governor also has to contend with the speculated vice-presidential ambition of his political godfather, former governor of the State and Senator representing Borno-Central, Kashim Shettima.

Aware of the plot against his chairmanship aspiration, Sheriff reportedly told newsmen that those pushing the narrative that the position of national chairman has been zoned to the North-Central were afraid of his political stature and ‘are desperately scheming’ to shut him out of the national convention.

However, the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Yobe State governor, Mamman Mohammed, denied the allegation that his principal was scheming to pick the vice-president ticket of the APC.

He said Governor Buni’s mission at the party national secretariat was to conduct a successful National Convention acceptable to all stakeholders and put the ruling party in good stead to retain the States under its control as well as the central government.

Also, in the race from the zone are Senator representing Niger-East at the National Assembly, Sani Musa; former Benue State governor and Minister of Special Duties, George Akume; former Nasarawa State governor and Senator representing Nasarawa Central, Tanko al-Makura and a chieftain of the party from Kwara State, Saliu Mustapha.

In the North-Central zone, apart from the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, who is opposed to the zoning of the office to the North-Central zone because of his presidential ambition, all the other governors are not.

A source revealed that “the Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, is doing everything possible to ensure that Tanko Al-Makura carries the ticket.

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