By Dele Abiodun
A group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Progressives Mandate Movement has rejected moves by some elements within the party to zone the National Chairmanship slot to the North Central zone of the country.
Rather, members have opted to press the party for the presidential ticket of the party ahead of ofthe the 2023 general elections.
The position of the group was made known by its National Coordinator, Mr. Donald Oota while addressing the media in Abuja on Saturday.
According to him, North Central Zone remains the only region in the North that is yet to produce either the President or Vice President since 1999.
Oota stated that having produced at various times, National Chairmen in the past in the past for various ruling parties in the past, the position is no longer attractive to the people of the zone.
He listed past occupants of the post from the region to include late Soloman Lar, Banabas Gemade, Audu Innocent Ogbe and Ahmadu Ali.
The APC chieftain however cautioned politicians in the region to put the interest of the Zone above personal ambition by rejecting the position of the National Chairman instead of the plum position of the President.
The group advice former governor of Benue, George Akume and that of Nasarawa Tanko Almakura to stop their jostle for the National Chairman position and join forces with others to clinch the presidency for the zone.
He added “We are charging our leaders to unite with one another in onerous task of securing the President to the region”
“I call on all parties to look elsewhere for the position of National chairmanship and not north central zone. We are not interested. After producing 3-4 national chairman in the zone, what else do we do with that position?
“Very soon our group Will go round the country to campaign against the the position of national chairmanship”. He said.