Monday, 4 April 2022

2023 Elections: Zoning is Sacrosanct in APC, Its Now Time for the South, Party Chieftain Reveals

Etubom (Dr) Nya Asuquo


Asuquo Cletus Felix | 5th April, 2022 

A former former Federal Lawmaker who represented Calabar Municipality and Odupkani in the green chambers of the national assembly and the Clan Head of Mbiaobong Ikot Offiong Community in Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross River State, Etubom (Dr) Nya Asuquo, on Monday revealed that zoning of elective offices and rotational politics is undebatable in the All Progressive Congress as the party will uncompromisingly zone both it presidential and Cross River State gubernatorial tickets to the South in the upcoming 2023 General elections.

Etubom Nya who was Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda and a current chieftain of the APC revealed this in his Calabar Palace while filing questions from journalists bordering on the fallout of the recently held National Convention of the his party. He however acknowledged that the nation's constitution allows for anybody from across any geopolitical zone to contest as well as aspire for elective positions in the country, but maintained that the ruling All Progressives Congress will zone its tickets to the south irrespective of who is involved.

"We finished the convention about a week ago, it was a very successful convention as you are aware and major offices were zoned across the 6 geopolitical zones, that's to show that the party believes in zoning and rotational politics. 

"It is obvious that in this dispensation, it is only the APC that has taken zoning seriously, and we are in support of this zoning issue, it is the other political party People's Democratic Party which is still deliberating whether to zone or not.

"For us in Cross River State, we believe, it is only fair that governorship position be zoned back to the south, as the State Governor Ben Ayade had rightly said. The south has already done it, it went to the central, it's now with the North so it only logical and fair that it returns to the South. 

"I remember when I contested for the governorship position under  CPC many people did not support me because they wanted it to be in the central." He said.

Asked if the zoning will prevent other candidates from contesting he said "No to contest is the right of the person, like in the APC, even in Kogi State, the Governor Yahaya Bello came out last Saturday to declare his interest, to run even if he is not from the South." 

Recently there have been series of debates in some quarters on the need to zone political offices across the country. Some persons have opposed it in strong terms against zoning saying Nigeria needs leaders who can take the wheel in fostering peace unity and development.

Findings by our Correspondent reveals that Etubom Nya Asuquo, is a former House of Representatives member for Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency of Cross River state.

In what seems to be a twist or diversion from governor Ayade's position on zoning, the party state chairman, Barr Alphonsus Eba recently in a press conference held in Calabar said the party is yet to zone it's gubernatorial seat to any political zone, stating that it's the responsibility of the party's caucuses that will do that. 

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