APC convention: Dogara, others allege exclusion of Bauchi from power-sharing formula
Party inaugurates state’s executives, ex-Rep slams zoning arrangement
Ahead of this weekend’s national convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC), former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other stalwarts in Bauchi, yesterday, decried alleged exclusion of the state from the power-sharing arrangement in the North East geopolitical zone.
The stakeholders, who include erstwhile Governor Isa Yuguda, faulted the decision by a section of the party to micro-zone the seat of the deputy national chairman of the party to Borno State.
The APC chieftains, in a statement, regretted that they were not allowed to make input in line with extant regulations.
THIS comes as the state chapter inaugurated its executives.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state Legal Adviser of the party, Rabiu Garba, administered the oath of office and presented them with certificates.
Speaking, the state APC Chairman, Alhaji Babayo Aliyu, noted that Bauchi was one of the strongholds of the party, urging his officials to reclaim the state in 2023.
He sued for bonding among party faithful to achieve the objective at the next general elections.
SIMILARLY, ex-member of House of Representatives member for Yagba Federal Constituency of Kogi State, Sunday Karimi, has downplayed the importance of zoning of positions prior to the staging of the national convention.
He told The Guardian yesterday in Lokoja that the exercise would be peaceful to prepare ground for the ruling party’s “resounding victory at the 2023 polls.”
On the division among governors elected on the APC platform in respect of the upcoming event, Karimi expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would reunite them and other stakeholders.
Regarding the zoning of the national chairmanship position to the North Central, the ex-lawmaker, who champions the cause that the zone should produce Nigeria’s next President, insisted that the arrangement would not stop the region, and indeed Governor Yahaya Bello, from vying for the Presidency in the upcoming primary.