Alleged 2023 zoning arrangement for APC is fake, says Caretaker Committee

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The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has rubbished a purported office-sharing arrangement wherein the presidential ticket was zoned to the south, vice president to the birth, senate president to the south, deputy senate president to the north, Speaker of the House to the north while the deputy speaker to the south.

The zoning arrangement, which was allegedly released by the party’s National Working Committee, was disowned by the CECPC’S secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe on Wednesday.

The list, which went viral across social media platforms, claimed that the north will produce the National Chairman; National Secretary – South; National Treasurer – South; Financial Secretary – North; Legal Officer – North and Welfare Officer – South.

The office of the Auditor was allegedly zoned to North; National Youth Leader – South; National Woman Leader – South; Publicity Secretary – South, and Persons With Disability PWD Leader – South.

But the Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of the party, disowned the list.

But Senator John James Akpanudoedehe asked party members not to pay any attention to the list.

He said:“Our people should disregard the list. It is not from the Caretaker Committee, it is not from the party.”

He said the party will make extensive consultations before such arrangement would be arrived at, adding that zoning of offices is yet to be on the table of the Caretaker Committee.

“As far as I am concerned, 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 mistakes.

“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, 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, without consulting with the governors and other major stakeholders.”

He blamed the list in circulation on individuals interested in contesting for one office or the other in the party, insisting the Caretaker Committee cannot be pressured into taking a wrong decision.

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