…says it’s not strategic to win elections
Former Senate leader and All Progressives Congress (APC) leader Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has criticized the APC’s current zoning arrangement, saying it is not strategic to win elections because he is very biased.
Speaking in Calabar yesterday, Ndoma-Egba said he saw different lists, one saying the National Secretary was zoned South-South/South-East and another list showing he was zoned South-West .
According to him, the list that gives him to the South West is the most recent and seems to be the one everyone assumes is the authentic list.
He said: “You should be more strategic in thinking about how you can use very strategic offices to strengthen weak areas because at the end of the day whoever the candidate is will have to win in those other weak areas or obtain at least a quarter of the votes cast in each of these States.
“So if you don’t have those strategic goals, you might get confused thinking that you just moved the office from one area to another because it was in that area. I’ve gone through the so-called authentic zoning list, I don’t see anything strategic. I went through both lists; they are not strategic. It does not describe any strategy for electoral victory. Rather, it is the simple approach of moving offices from one area to another.
“The position of national secretary is very strategic. You say you are taking him to the Southwest; the Southwest is already very strong to deliver for APC, it is perhaps the strongest zone for APC, in addition to the North. The North and the South West are the strongest parts with the support of the APC. So looking at the southwest where the national secretary is supposed to be zoned, you already have a zone vice president, you have the speaker of the House of Representatives; you have five governors, and then you have the Jagaban itself, which is more than an area, so the southwest is already sated with a force that can deliver for the APC.
He said the strategic position of national secretary would add nothing to Southwest, likening it to pouring a cup of water into a river.
He said it would have made more sense strategically to zone the office towards the southeast or southeast
“Now you have other areas that are wavering and you need to get either a majority win or a percentage win. For example, the South East has two governors, in Ebonyi and Imo states. The governor d’Ebonyi is a second-term incumbent governor Imo State is a first-term governor and has an incumbent advantage as we head into the 2023 elections. the party has a foot, not yet a foot, just a foot.
“Then you come south-south, the only state with a south-south grip for APC is Cross River State. But we recently had the re-election of Akpabuyo State Constituency and the re-election of Ogoja-Yala Federal Constituency, the numbers put together showed a very narrow margin of winning APC. So this means that if we are to retain Cross River State, you must strengthen and strengthen the state with a strategic position. Normally, if you ask me for strategic objectives with the position of secretary, I would advise giving it to the South-East or South-South.