APC NWC may zone Deputy Senate President, Majority Leader to South-South, North-Central

APC NWC may zone Deputy Senate President, Majority Leader to South-South, North-Central

There are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress National Working Committee may have zoned the positions of the Deputy Senate President and Senate Majority Leader to the South – South and North – Central respectively. Investigations by Saturday PUNCH revealed that the party through its 21 – member NWC had also zoned the Deputy

There are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress National Working Committee may have zoned the positions of the Deputy Senate President and Senate Majority Leader to the South – South and North – Central respectively.
Investigations by Saturday PUNCH revealed that the party through its 21 – member NWC had also zoned the Deputy Majority Leader post to the South – East while the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip positions were zoned to the North – West and South -West respectively.
With the party ’ s current zoning arrangement , the ambition of the wife of the National Leader of the party , Senator Oluremi Tinubu, to become the deputy Senate President in the ninth assembly may have been truncated . Senator Tinubu is from the South -West , representing Lagos Central Senatorial District .
However , a top member of the NWC , who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity on Friday, said the zoning formula “is not yet cast in iron” .
The source said, “Based on our tentative arrangement , the position of the Deputy Senate President has been zoned to the South – South . The Majority Leader position has been zoned to the North – Central, while the Deputy Majority Leader slot will be zoned to the South – East .
“ Also , the position of the Chief Whip has been zoned to the North – West while that of the Deputy Chief Whip has been zoned to the South – West. It is either the South – West gets that or the Deputy Majority Leader position , but like I said , that would most likely go to the South – East .
“ But we have no specific candidates for the positions . I have also read that the party is trying to push for a consensus for those positions to avoid issues ; we will see as things unfold ; don ’ t forget that we still have till June . ”
Asked about those behind the zoning arrangement , the party chief said, “ This is politics and everybody would want to be counted and don’ t forget that politics is about position , power and influence and that is why every zone is fighting .
“ Don ’ t forget that Nigeria is not for us alone; other regions have to be represented . Each of the geopolitical zones must be represented in the leadership of the National Assembly . ”
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the party had only concluded the zoning of the Speaker’ s position to the South – West , while sharing of other principal offices of the House of Representatives’ leadership jobs were still being deliberated upon .

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