The alleged cold war in the All Progressives Congress, APC, between the Presidency and the Governors elected under the party’s platform over the zoning of party positions and presidential ticket has taken another dimension, as the governors insist that one of them must emerge the party’s presidential candidate for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The APC Governors, it is alleged, are pressuring President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse the arrangements for one of them to emerge as the presidential candidate of the ruling party ahead of other contenders.
However there may be some level of divisions in their camp because some of them are rooting for frontline contenders like Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
They urged President Buhari to toe the line of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the 2007 general elections by supporting and possibly influencing any of them to emerge the presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 general elections.
On zoning, the arrangement is that party positions hitherto held by the North will automatically shift to the South and vice-versa.
It is, therefore, becoming clear that the leadership of the party in the north may have conceded the presidential ticket to the South and has settled to produce the party’s national leadership positions. However there are still several contending forces that may change the political dynamics.
It is too early to confirm the permutations as to what zone will get the presidential ticket or where it will be micro-zoned, but it is certain that the North has conceded the party’s presidential ticket to the South for now though the agreement is not yet cast on stone.
It is further speculated that the final resolutions of the party will be highly dependent on how things unfold in the camp of the other political parties.