Blesstal Records that The All Progressives Congress has said it is currently not concerned about the zoning of the presidency in 2023.

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday, was, however, evasive when asked if the party agreed on zoning before the 2015 elections.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in an interview with journalists at the ministry headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, indicated that there was a gentleman agreement on zoning.

Others chieftains of the APC including the immediate past National Vice-Chairman (South South), Hilliard Eta, and the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu supported the minister.

Recall that the Director-General of the Progressives Governor Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman, had on Monday insisted that the party’s presidential ticket would be open to all members to compete for in 2023.

But On Tuesday, Fashola said although the issue of zoning was more of a gentleman’s agreement in the APC, it behooved parties who entered into such an agreement to honour it.

He said, “First let’s talk about law. Let’s talk about agreements. The law is the constitution. The constitution decides the age which you can contest certain offices and there is nothing in the constitution that says zoning. All are political parties are clubs where you write agreements just like a social club and we can decide that it is the youngest person who will be the chairman of the club or we can decide that it is the oldest person or the next female or the next male, that is the matter of agreement between people.

“But the constitution that sets up the climate of political parties formation does not prescribe zoning. The truth is that what makes an agreement special is the honour in which it is made not whether it is written. If it was written there would be no court cases on a breach of contract because it’s a document that is written and signed that go to court. But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister cannot be breached. It must be honoured.


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