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APC zoning committee submits report, ratifies Buhari’s March 1 list

THE ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Zoning Committee has rounded of its work and will submit its report to the party’s secretariat in Abuja today, Monday, March 7.

NaijaTimes last night gathered that the AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq Zoning Committee will be submitting its report having confirmed the list which President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC governors endorsed on March 1, 2022.

The zoning arrangement as approved by the Committee reserves the Chairmanship position to North Central, specifically Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Niger State as approved by President Buhari and the APC governors forum; National Secretary goes to South West; while the Southeast takes the position of the National Deputy Chairman (South). South South takes the position of National Publicity Secretary, while Northeast will take the position of National Deputy Chairman (North).

The approved zoning arrangement , therefore, forecloses the possibility of the current Secretary of the party, James Akpanudoedehe emerging substantive secretary at the March 26 National Convention, since he is from the South South.

The same fate befalls Hon. Farouk Adamu from North West who the February 25 list curiously mentioned as having been approved for the position of Deputy National Chairman (North).

Senator Ken Nnamani now stands a better chance of being nominated by Southeast APC leaders after the initial squabble that trailed his perceived involvement in the trade-off that saw Southeast lose the position of National Secretary.

”Truth is that Nnamani stands forgiven now and may emerge at the micro zoning level within the Southeast caucus of the APC,” one of the party leaders revealed on Sunday night.

NaijaTimes had kept tab on developments within the party, especially the confusion arising from President Buhari’s signing of two different zoning lists in within one week, following the horsetrading and what some members described as the subterfuge of the Governor Buni-led Caretaker Committee to either delay or ensure contrary outcomes at the convention.

The AbdulRahman zoning committee was given a mandate by the Caretaker Committee chairman to submit its report on Monday, the same day another controversial Convention Committee was meant to be sworn in.

The APC governors were said to be up in arms with both the Convention and the Zoning Committees set up by Buni forcing a reversal to the effect that the Convention Committee will no longer be sworn in on Monday as originally scheduled.

NaijaTimes also gathered that the Buni-led Caretaker Committee in collusion with three other governors, now known as non-convention governors, had something up their sleeve in setting up another zoning committee populated by members opposed to holding the party’s national convention on March 26, after the President had endorsed the zoning arrangement.

A source within the party and conversant the developments, revealed that members of the Progressive Governors Forum had, upon Buni’s appointment of AbdulRahman Zoning committee called the Kwara State Governor to be wary and ensure he returned the list approved by the President and his colleague governors.

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