Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has called on the ruling All Progressive Congress y to make a categorical statement on which zone should produce its next presidential candidate.
He claimed that the the principle of rotation guided the party’s decision at the recent national convention in Abuja.
Speaking in a statement in Akure, he said that it was the turn of the southern part of the country to produce the next president.
According to the Governor, the adoption of a power shift would make the APC avoid self-inflicted crises ahead of next year’s election.
He urged the leaders of the ruling party to make a pronouncement on zoning without delay,
Akeredolu said: “It will be disingenuous for anyone to argue against rotation at this period.”
He added: “We must not keep our party men and women guessing on the position of the leadership of the party. This is the time to weigh in and take control of the process.
“No statement must suggest, even remotely, that the party harbours certain sentiments, which may predispose it to consider throwing the contest open. This is certainly not the time for equivocation. Equity dictates we take a stand.
“We cannot, therefore, afford any internal bickering, which holds the potential promise of causing distrust and militating against cohesion, harmony and the zeal to achieve set objectives.
“The current democratic dispensation is anchored on the unwritten convention driven by a principle of equity.
“Political expediency dictates, more appealingly, that while adhering to the spirit and letters of the laws guiding the conduct of elections and succession to political offices, we must do nothing capable of tilting the delicate balance against the established arrangement which guarantees peace and promotes trust.
“Our party just elected officers on the established principle of giving every part of the country an important stake in the political calculus.
“The focus has now shifted to the process, which will culminate in the participation of our party in the general elections scheduled for next year.
“All lovers of peace and freedom must do everything to eschew tendencies, which may predispose them to taking decisions which promote distrust and lead to a crisis, the end of which nobody may be able to predict.
“It is expected, fervently, that it will proceed to complete the process by limiting the propensities for disagreement to a region for possible micro-management. It is very expedient that we avoid self-inflicted crises before the general elections.”.