APC Advocates for Akpabio and Defends the Zoning Arrangement
The All Progressives Congress (APC), which is in power, defended its zoning policy on Tuesday in the wake of internal uproar.
According to Naija News, this occurred while the ruling party argued in favor of choosing Godswill Akpabio to serve as Senate President.
In an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today, APC National Publicity Secretary Felix Morka claimed that from the start of the Fourth Republic in 1999, the South-South region that Akpabio represents has not produced a Senate President.
You may recall that the APC National Working Committee (NWC) allocated the 10th National Assembly leadership on Monday.
Remember that the party organ zoned Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), the Senate President, to the South-South, and Senator Barau Jubrin (Kano), the Deputy Senate President, to the North-West.
Abass Tajudeen, the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the North-West (Kaduna), and Ben Kalu, the Speaker for the South-East (Abia), are the other members.
Morka claimed that before making a decision regarding the zoning system, the party held extensive consultations with the vast majority of the National Assembly members-elect.
Morka declared this,
“I am from the South-South and I don’t see why the South-South is ineligible for consideration. After all, no Senate President has come from that region since 1999, since this dispensation.
“We haven’t had that. Other regions have had some representations. South-East for instance, five of them held that position from the South-East.
“That does not mean that the South-East is ineligible or unfit to produce the Senate President; every region of this country can.
“But there is something else that we are concerned about; it’s called national interest, it’s called equity, it’s called inclusion, it’s called a sense of ownership