There’s No Zoning In APC Constitution - Senator Shekarau


Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, the lawmaker representing Kano central has said that there is no zoning in the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking during an interactive session with journalists in Kano on Sunday January 3 ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the former Kaduna state Governor stated that zoning is only considered in the Peoples Democratic Party.

Shekarau who was not open on which region should field a presidential candidate in 2023, affirmed that retaining power in a particular region does not necessarily make it superior or better off.

The Senator noted that some persons are still calmouring for zoning even though there is no written agreement on it, added that the presidential seat should be appropriated based on justice and fairness.

He said;

“I want to tell you that there is no place in the APC constitution that the issue of zoning is mentioned. I think it is only considered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“For me, I believe in the principle of balance equation and common sense. Although there is no place in our party where zoning is allowed unlike in the PDP where the zoning system is constitutional, ideally common sense should have guided APC in it’s selection,” he said.

“And those who want to kill themselves that one particular region should continue to maintain power should know that that will not make them better than other regions. For instance, in the last eight years the north has been in power, are we better than other parts of the country? The answer is no.”

On his relationship with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and his predecessor Rabiu Kwakwanso, Shekarau said;

“We have been together with Ganduje for so many years when I was a permanent secretary, cabinet office, then he was a commissioner. So, we interacted a lot.

“I want to assure you that our relationship has been cordial up to now. There is no problem between us.

“So also with Kwankwaso, we have a good relationship. Our political differences will not affect our relationship. I never decamped from one party to another because of him.

“When I was in APC, Kwankwaso joined the party, and I left. Not because of him, but the leadership of the party. The same thing when I was in PDP, and left not because he joined the party.”