The South-East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has begun moves to secure the positions of the Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation if the party’s presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu wins the 2023 elections.
A top party chieftain in the South-East, informed Punch that a delegation would be meeting with the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu when he returns to the country.
“If the South-West has the presidency while both the North-West and North-East are still negotiating for running mate, it is only fair to allow the South-East take the senate presidency and SGF,” he said.
However, when the publication contacted Deputy National Chairman (South) and former South-East chairman of the party, Emmanuel Enekwu, he denied knowledge of any agitation for senate presidency or SGF from his region.
He said, “I have no knowledge of such demands. The APC has not started allocating offices to any region or persons. Our interest is how to win elections because you can’t share offices without winning elections.
“We have a presidential candidate that demands that all hands must be on deck. Nobody enjoys any booty or loot before the war. That can only happen after the hostility ends.”
But when he was told that a top source had confirmed that negotiations were ongoing he stated that such a move could not be ruled out.
The South-East APC chairman, Dr Ijeomah Arodiogbu, also said, “I cannot say I am unaware the zone desires some inclusiveness in the incoming administration. However, I have not been consulted on the exact position they are looking at. I believe that the incoming president will be fair enough to consider the zone for some arrangements but we have not asked for the specific positions.”