The All Progressives Congress, APC, has debunked speculations of a zoning arrangement ahead of its national convention scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Deputy chairman, national convention committee, Chris Ngige, made the denial while briefing newsmen at the end of the inauguration of the convention sub-committees in Abuja.
He said that the party did not in any way agree to zone any particular position to any region, insisting that all members of the party had equal right to contest.
“We have not zoned any office to anywhere and you know that zoning is a conceptual arrangement, so even if we agree it will be a sort of gentleman’s agreement. Therefore, the party will not deny anybody of his right as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Ngige said.
Ngige said the APC was determination to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent election that would give it reliable and responsible leaders and has made adequate provision to ensure a hitch-free exercise before, during and after the convention.
“Nigerians will see a convention that is transparent. Democratically elected leaders will emerge to steer the affairs of our party for the next four years,” he said.
The convention committee deputy chairman said that APC was ready to initiate programmes that would create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths of Nigeria and make the country attractive to both local and international investors.