By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United kingdom, Ade Omole, has received zoning arrangement in the two political parties as a sure-way to peace, unity and political greatness of Nigeria, urging the ruling APC not to jettison the understanding.
Briefing journalists yesterday at the APC Secretariat in Abuja, Omole, who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council, said though zoning is unconstitutional, but it is a gentleman agreement which should continue for the greatness of the country.
While arguing that zoning the presidency between the regions of the country is the right thing to do, the leader of Nigerian Community in the UK expressed hope and believe that it will happen in 2023.
Fielding questions from journalists, he said, “We all know that zoning is not part of the Constitution of the party, but it is an arrangement that was put in place for fairness. As for me, zoning has been in our political environment for a very long time and I believe it should continue as long as the party actually agrees with it.
“So, at the end of the day, it is the party that will actually decide what zone the Presidency or whatever office goes to. We also believe in the position of the party and we will keep doing that. There are few divergent views regarding zoning but personally, I believe it is the right thing to do. It is a step in the right direction and it just gives everybody a chance to actually have a shot at the presidency or any other office in the country.
“So, I think it is the right thing to do even though it is not part of the Constitution. It is more of a gentleman’s agreement. Now, as we know, it (presidency) has been in the North and hopefully, it will come to the South this time around.
“We have read reports about chieftains from both sides of the divide saying that the North is having it for eight years, it is time for the South to have it for another eight years. So, it is a gentleman’s agreement that should continue for the greatness of the country. It is the right thing to do and we believe that that will happen come 2023”, he added.
While responding to questions on recession and insecurity in the country, the APC chieftain said “Again I will make bold to say that the APC-led administration headed by President Muhamadu Buhari has done well. We are not where we should be, but we left where we were in 2015. and even though we have challenges now, we shall overcome these challenges.
“I can actually bet that we will, the terrorists will not defeat this country. We will defeat the terrorists and Nigeria will be better for it. So, in terms of security, yes will have present challenges but we will keep working on it until we resolve the terrorism and banditry issues that we have at the present time.
“Now, talking about the economy, it is a global thing. If you remember, it is not just Nigeria that is in recession at this present time, there are a lot of countries that have actually gone into recession. People are borrowing and the reason for that was actually brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is actually global.
“In fact, most countries are actually doing worst than Nigeria at this present time. We have a President and a government that is actually responsive, at least in terms of economy, because if it wasn’t that responsible like I can tell you that by now, only God knows where we would be by present time.”
He said as of today, APC administration has just increased from 500,000 to 1 million N-Power Youths that will be employed, explaining that this means that the government, despite the challenges, is still trying even though with low income, the economic issues brought upon us by COVID-19 the government are still trying to survive and will overcome.
Omole further said the anti-corruption fight of the President Buhari has led to recovery of huge funds which are now part of the national budget for the first time.
“That doesn’t happen before. So for now we are doing well, we will do better and we will keep supporting them. We are just appealing to Nigerians to at this present time, please bear with us. We will keep improving, it’s not the best at this present time. We are not where we should be, but we left where we were in 2015”, he said.