The decision All Progressives Congress (APC) will settle on which some portion of the nation will deliver its official contender for 2023 in June one year from now, sources in the gathering revealed to Day by day Trust on Tuesday.
One of the sources said if the North gets the opening of the public director of the gathering during the public show of the gathering, the South will create the official applicant and the other way around.
An emergency virtual National Executive Committee (NEC) yesterday extended the lifespan of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led 13-member APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) by six months. The timeline given the caretaker committee will expire on December 25, but the NEC extended it for another six months period that would terminate on June 30, 2021.
Among other issues, the reason given by the party was for the committee to complete membership revalidation and registration of new members, but competent sources said the window will most importantly afford the party opportunity to resolve contentious issues zoning inclusive.
“This is partly why President Muhammadu Buhari in his remarks at the NEC meeting harped on healing wounds, mending fences and respecting the free-merger agreement reached by those behind the formation of the APC,” another source said.
He said the issue of which part of the country should produce the APC’s flag bearer was threatening the existence of the party as the second tenure of Buhari eats deep into the second year.
“While there are sources that believe APC leaders from the North can use the numerical strength of the region to hold on to power, those in the South feel it would amount to a betrayal of trust if the North did not reciprocate what was done to them in 2015.
“The extension of time for the Buni-led committee is honestly beyond membership registration…The major issue is the sharing formula without causing an unnecessary distraction.
“And even if the North agrees to hands-off, we have to agree on which part of the South should have the presidential candidate.
“There are those who believe it should go to the South West.
“There are those who believe it should go to the South East, and some people are saying the South-South should be given a chance, but it all depends on the disposition of the Villa,” the source said.
‘We must respect pre-2015 agreements’
In his remarks during the NEC meeting, President Buhari said the Buni-led caretaker committee had succeeded in bringing the new atmosphere of hope to the party and urged party members to collectively work towards the sustenance of peace.
“What is required now is for us all as heads of the gathering to keep up teach and guarantee that this new force is ensured, continued and the choices of gathering organs are regarded by each part.
“May I utilize this occasion to help all to remember us of the require to reproduce our exchange the mystery of 2012, 2013 under our heritage parties, what guided our prosperity to accomplish the consolidation that delivered the APC was the regard we had the option to have for one another.
“In those occasions, choices arrived at both formal and casual meetings were regarded.