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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally endorsed a zoning formula, to prepare for the successful hosting of the party’s maiden national convention .
The resolution of the protracted zoning arrangement came after meeting’s of the national leadership caucus of the party made of 50 prominent leaders, including retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the 16 governors.
At the convention scheduled for Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Friday, it is expected that the party’s national officers will be elected. The high point of the event will be the election of the party’s national chairman.
Candidates jostling for the position are former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi; Chief Odigie Oyegun also a former Edo State governor; Timipre Sylva, former Bayelsa State governor and Sam Jaja, for PDP Deputy National Chairman. According to Chris Ngige, former Anambra State governor and the convention secretary, 12 sub-committees have been constituted to ensure a hitch-free convention.
“Nigerians will see a convention that is transparent from which democratically elected leaders will emerge for our party in the next four years. In November or December, this particular executive we are going to put in place will organise another National Convention to elect our presidential candidate,” Ngige said.