The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders in the party will determine zoning arrangement ahead of the 2023 general elections.
There have been speculations about zoning arrangement within the party, with some chieftains, including Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, insisting that there was a zoning agreement, while others maintained that there was none.
It is said that that the national convention of the party, where a decision on the zoning is expected to be taken, has been fixed for June this year.
However, the issue is said to be creating a deep crack within the party, after a list announcing the zoning of positions of the party ahead of the next general elections trended on social media.
But the national caretaker committee of the party swiftly disowned the list, saying it is yet to zone its offices ahead of the forthcoming national convention.
The list that circulated was said to have zoned the 2023 presidential ticket to the south and chairmanship to the north, among others.
John James Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, in a statement, described the list as the handiwork of speculators who are interested in running for various offices.
“People who are interested in running for one office or the other can speculate. As far as I am concerned, at the last caretaker committee meeting we had, we did not discuss that. That is not what we are concerned with now. What we are concerned with is data collection; how to collect data without making mistake.
“We are not going to be pressurised because of sentiment and we do the wrong thing. Let me say that zoning is not for the caretaker committee alone. It has to do with the President, it has to do with other major stakeholders, and it has to do with a lot of people.
“I want to mute the speculation. The list is not from us (caretaker committee). The President is not in town. There is no way such decision will be taken without consulting with the President, consulting with the governors and other major stakeholders,” he said.