In a move that is certainly going to generate shock waves around the country and heighten the already tensed political situation, it has come to light that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is working towards zoning its presidential ticket to the North-east, with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan likely to emerge as its presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.
Many in the South who have been strident in calls for the presidential ticket to be zoned to the South after eight years of Buhari in the saddle are will not likely to be amused by this evolving development.
Also, with the latest decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to allow ad-hoc delegates to elect presidential candidates at its forthcoming convention, the chances of a northern aspirant emerging as the presidential standard-bearer have brightened even more.
THISDAY had yesterday quoted Tambuwal to have said: “They (APC) are gradually moving away from their zoning arrangement. We know their tricks. They want to see the outcome of our primary-come May 28 and 29 before they will decide who will be their candidate.
“Look at the APC national chairman. He is quiet about their supposed zoning arrangement simply because they already have plans to field Senator Ahmad Lawan depending on who is the presidential candidate of our party.”
On his part, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, while speaking on national television reiterated his support for Lawan’s presidential ambition.
Native Reporter’s underground check shows Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who is from the northeast is topping in PDP presidential ranking.