Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) had a gentleman agreement in 2014 to rotate the presidency.
Speaking in an interview with ThisDay to mark his birthday, the former governor of Anambra State said the rotation of presidency is made for the stability of the country.
Ngige noted that though the agreement was not contained in the party’s constitution, the framers of the constitution of the APC agreed that it was something possible.
He said: “It is not written in our constitution, but for me, it will make for stability and fairness if it rotates back to the South. I was in PDP, we practised it. It makes for stability.
“We don’t have it in our party constitution but we, the framers of the constitution of the APC agreed that it is something possible. I was one of the wise men that drafted the APC constitution with Chief Segun Osoba as head.
“That’s what we agreed on; that we don’t have to insert it but these are things that could be done by gentleman agreement.”
He stated that it was the agreement that guided the party during its presidential convention where President Muhammadu Buhari emerged APC candidate in 2014.
“Whether there should be rotation, zoning or not for me is a simple matter. It is a gentleman agreement. Even the American constitution doesn’t have everything written in it.
“When we went for the first national convention of the party to elect the presidential candidate, we told all the southerners to step down. It was only Okorocha who refused to step down and we quarrelled with him. People like me quarrelled with him from the South East and I told him I won’t support him and I did not,” Ngige said.