President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that no single individual has the monopoly of power to make a decision on the zoning of the 2023 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari stated this during an interview with Arise Televisions on Thursday when asked about the rumblings in the party amid the calls for a Southern president ahead of the elections.

A list titled “APC announces zoning arrangement ahead of 2023 election year” went viral on social media in April.

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The matter brews controversy among members of the party. While some insist on zoning the ticket to the South in line with a supposed agreement on ground since Buhari, a northern will be finishing his tenure by then, others are saying competence and merit should make the rule of the game.

Addressing the matter, the President said only eligible members of the party would decide the fate of the party on zoning.

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“You cannot sit there in Lagos, for instance, and decide on the fate of APC on zoning,” Buhari said during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday.

“Therefore we should allow the party to decide.”

He added that the caretaker committee of the APC led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State was working to reposition the party.

“I told the acting chairman and a committee to give me the report by the end of the month on the convention they are going to conduct and then arrange general elections until 2023. And we started this from bottom to the up, so that members of the party will be sure they are involved in decision making.

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“Nobody is just going to sit in Lagos and tell them what to do. This is what we are arranging.”

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