APC shop for leadership in South East
IN A bid to bring about the traditional geopolitical balance in the country and stabilise the polity, indications have emerged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has begun a search for a popular candidate to bring the Southeast geopolitical zone into its fold.
This is just as the national leadership of the party expressed reservations about the handling of the recent labour crisis by the Imo State Government.
Sources within the National Working Committee (NWC), of APC confided in The Guardian that apart from its desire to turn around the economy of the country, the party was perturbed by the fault lines in the nation’s body politic.
“We want all segments of the national population involved in the march to a new Nigeria; the South East should not be left behind or allowed to exclude itself. That is why we have begun a cautious search for a navigator, to bring the zone on board,” one of the sources disclosed.
“The party is looking at the possibility of using the rerun elections in Imo and Anambra to bring the zone into the leadership caucus and ensure that the South East forms part of the APC government,” another source stated.
He explained that following the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) position on the candidates to partake in the Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election, concerted efforts are being made to persuade the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to contest.
“It is not funny that no member of the National Assembly belongs to the Senate leadership caucus of the ruling party; the party has gone to court to ensure that Sharon Ikeazor substitutes Ngige, but if that fails, Ngige may be asked to run,” he declared.
On the recent face-off between Governor Rochas Okorocha and workers in Imo State, the APC chieftain, who was on the national chairman’s entourage, disclosed that party leaders expressed disappointment with the governor over his approach to the crisis.