By Ahmad Abiodun
The All Progressives Congress, APC for the sake of equity should not re-zone the chairmanship position until the tenure of the South South geo-political zone is completed.
Speculation emerging from the party points to the direction of a likely re-zoning and this may lead to further crisis in the party.
In 2014 the chaimanship position was zoned to South South geo-political zone of the country and micro-zoned to Edo State because Cross River State had the zonal chaiman’s position.
Chief Odigie Oyegun was chairman from 2014-2018 and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole continued till 2020 so what happens to 2020-2022?
This is a sensitive matter that the party must ponder over to avoid distrust within the party.
It could lead to chaos that may snowball into 2023 the election year.
This status quo should be allowed to thrive as it will further foster cohesion and equity within the party structure.
It will give the party the national outlook it has for now, but if it’s re-zoned to the north it may lead to further crisis which is the last thing the party wants for now.
Now that the leader of the party, President Muhamnadu Buhari has given the caretaker Committee the nod to carry out fresh registeration, the new exco after the party’s convention in December can continue from where it stopped.
To restore confidence in the present members, the convention should hold in December for a smooth take-off of the new exco in 2021.
2023 is just around the corner, if the party does not right the wrongs via the convention in December then the party is heading into further crisis.
Re-zoning the position to the north while the sitting president is from the north may fuel distrust which the party can cleverly avoid and retain the south south zone.
But the discordant voices emanating from the ruling party is quite disturbing, if it is true that the caretaker Committee is embarking on tenure elongation instead of midwiving it towards a convention next month.
This development in the party needs to be checkmated before it snowballs into a full blown crisis that may rubbish all the good intentions of setting up the caretaker Committee.
The party needs to redefine and refine and if need be reengineer its political processes to accommodate internal democracy for a better tomorrow.
APC in-fighting will continue if the caretaker Committee decides to buy time into 2021.
The Caretaker Committee should immediately begin the process of convening the National Convention in December to rekindle hope and trust in the party.
Ahmad Abiodun, a public affairs analyst, wrote from Abuja.