I Hate Zoning But APC Must Respect Agreement for Presidency To Go South After Buhari- El-Rufai




The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has urged his party, the All Progressives Congress to respect the agreement to zone Presidency to the South after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was as he expressed that he is against zoning personally during an interview on Politics Today of Channels Television on Monday.

He also spoke about the APC restructuring committee report which dates back to 2018.

According to him, Buhari is in full support of the recommendations while he expressed that the onus is on the National Assembly to give final approval for implementation.

El-Rufai said: "What we did was not just write a report and make recommendations. It is a detailed report that addresses a lot of challenges faced by Nigeria. Any member of the National Assembly can pick up any of these bills tomorrow and present them to the House."

Clarifying his stand on zoning Presidency to South, he said: "I think it's important to make this clarification. Personally, I'm against zoning because no country makes progress by picking leaders based on where they come from or the religion they practise. In principle, I'm against it and I don't practise it.

"If you look around me, you will see that I work with people from every part of the country, every religion. I don't care. I just want to get things done. I want the most competent person with the capacity and commitment. But that's a personal position.

"However, I believe that as a party, after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, we should honour the informal agreement of ensuring that power goes to the South. Whether it is South-West, South-East or South-South. That's a different matter. But we have agreed.

"We have a gentleman's agreement that power should go to the South and I support that. I agree with it. I don't think we should select leaders in that way. But in the present-day Nigeria, it's an interim measure we need to pursue. Having said that, It is up to the party, at the right time, to make that decision. Our party has not taken any position as far as I know."


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