Following the statement made by the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu that the party has not made decision on zoning ahead of 2023 presidential election, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndgibo Worldwide, and the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere have reacted.
The two socio-cultural groups knocked Adamu for saying the APC was undecided on what zone the presidential ticket of the party would go to.
The spokesman for Ohanaeze, Chief Alex Ogbonnia told that the APC was “vacillating and insulating like a pendulum,” because it knew the truth.
He urged the ruling party to “be wise and do the right thing for equity and fairness to all the regions.”
Ogbonnia stated: “They know the truth, that is why they are moving left, right, and centre like a pendulum. It is not good that this should be the identity of the APC.
“The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is the leader of the party today. He should step in and take decisions just like former President Olusegun Obasanjo took the decision in 2006 that a northerner should be the President since he was from the South.
“Because of the power-rotation principle agreed upon by the party, the Presidency had to move to the North. All eyes are on Buhari to do to the South-East what Obasanjo did to the North-West. They have seen the truth and don’t want to accept it.”
The Secretary-General of Afenifere, Dr. Sola Ebiseni, said Adamu’s statement did not come to the group as a surprise.
Ebiseni stated: “That the new national chairman of the APC is now wavering on the zoning of its presidential ticket to the South after he has secured his own position based on that understanding did not come to us in the Afenifere as a surprise because we saw it coming and our leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has used every available platform to warn those who may be so deceived. These are all permutations driving towards the ultimate decision on what Nigeria will make of itself.