NASS Zoning: APC Stakeholders Meeting Ends In Deadlock


National Leaders of APC
By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
There are strong indications that the meeting of the National leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) called to resolve the zoning arrangement of the National Assembly leadership positions on Wednesday night ended in deadlock.

Source close to the leadership of  the party said the meeting which was held purposely to agree on the zoning arrangement of the Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives and other positions in the National Assembly failed to agree as members toed different path.

It was gathered that while some members are rooting for zoning of the Senate President to North- East, other members are insisting that the slot should remain in North Central.

As a way out of the logjam, News Investigators further gathered that the meeting resolved that the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman John Oyegun, meet to decide on the zoning formula.

However, sources in the National Assembly revealed that, already the PDP caucus led by senate president David Mark have approached North East APC senators with a deal that may see to the emergence of a senator Ike Ekweremadu as deputy senate president while an APC senator from the North East clintching the number three position.

A Senator who pleaded anonymity said, “I can confirm to you that the PDP have approached us with a power sharing deal that will cede the senate presidency to the North East while the South East will produce the deputy senate president,”

According to the senator: “If the APC fails to zone either the Senate President or the Speaker to the North East, then, we will have no option than to form this alliance with the PDP.”

The proposed power sharing deal is premise on the fact that the PDP has 49 senators while the APC has 60 senators.

The source further explained that the PDP only needs votes from seven APC senators to produce the Senate President in the Eight Senate.