2023 Presidency: APC must respect zoning agreement – Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) must respect its “private agreement” on the zoning of the 2023 presidency.


In recent days, speculations over the 2023 presidential election have reignited — especially with the defection of David Umahi, Ebonyi state governor, to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the meeting of some leaders of the APC with former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday, Fashola addressed the zoning agreement of the APC and what the party must do to retain power in 2023.

When asked about APC zoning the 2023 presidency, the former Lagos state governor said the ruling party must not breach its private agreement on which zone the presidential candidate will come from.

“The truth is that what makes an agreement spectacular is the honour in which it is made not whether it is written. If it was written, there would be no court cases of breach of contract because it is a document that is written and signed that go to court,” he said.

“But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister should not be breached, it must be honoured.”

The minister compared political parties to social clubs where relationships are based on agreements.

“All political parties are clubs where you write agreements just like a social club and we can decide that it is the youngest person who will be the chairman of the club or we can decide that it is the oldest person or the next female or the next male that is the matter of agreement between people,” he said.

Speaking on what the APC must do to retain power in 2023, Fashola said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics.”

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