The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday said the party is not anxious about presidency 2023.
Nabena made the statement when asked if the party agreed on zoning before the 2015 elections.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in his statement revealed that there was a gentleman agreement on zoning, adding that it is befitting for parties who agreed to the zoning.
He said this during an interview with journalists at the ministry headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
Fashola said, “First let’s talk about law. Let’s talk about agreements.The law is the constitution. The constitution decides the age which you can contest certain offices and there is nothing in the constitution that says zoning. All are political parties are clubs where you write agreements just like a social club and we can decide that it is the youngest person who will be the chairman of the club or we can decide that it is the oldest person or the next female or the next male, that is the matter of agreement between people.
“But the constitution that sets up the climate of political parties’ formation does not prescribe zoning. The truth is that what makes an agreement special is the honour in which it is made not whether it is written. If it was written there would be no court cases on a breach of contract because it’s a document that is written and signed that go to court. But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister cannot be breached. It must be honoured.
He further explained that the ruling party is committed to enhance good governance and make an impact citizen’s lives positively.
He said, “I belong to a party, APC and it is committed to good governance because I think the best politics is good governance. The beauty of it for me is the opportunity it gives to impact people’s lives. We have elections only once in four years but we have responsibility to provide good governance every day and that’s the culture.”
On Monday, the Director-General of the Progressives Governor Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman, maintained that the party’s presidential ticket would be open to all members to compete in 2023.
Lukman however dismissed controversial opinions that the party had agreed on a zoning arrangement.
He said, “The level playing field in the APC has been well conceived, nurtured, and now gaining more traction by the day. For instance, everybody could see that the place is open whether you call it with reference to 2023 or reference to any election. It’s about the fact that the spirit of political contest in the party is now very high. It means that if you want to negotiate, as a good negotiator if you want to canvass, as a good canvasser for a specific interest, the party is up to you.”