Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to decide on which geo-political zone the 2023 presidential ticket would be zoned to.
The tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari who is a northern ends in 2023. The South consequently expects to produce the party’s next candidate and political heavyweights in the south have started lobbying.
Governor Umahi apparently defected to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of his 2023 ambition, although he cited injustice and alleged mistreatment of the Igbo’s as his reason.
Speaking with newsmen at the APC secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday after his visit to the APC National Caretaker Chairman, Umahi said; “It (zoning) is a party affair. Party discipline requires that you sit down and discuss issues. You advance your reasons and another person will also advance his. And then the party as a family will take a position.”
He further asked the APC leadership to send more registration forms to the South-East because there is shortage of forms in the region, adding that people of the South-East were in “mad rush” to get registered because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s giant strides in the region.
“I complained to him (Buni) that the hundreds of forms at the polling units are a far cry from what we expected. Everybody in the South-East wants to belong to the APC.
“The ongoing registration, arrangements and logistics and the intentions are very wonderful. It is first class because I have never seen it in any party administration,” he said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.