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After nicking the historic presidential election victory in 2015, the All Progressives Congress (APC) was caught in the intriguing, embarrassing webs woven by its members in the National Assembly.

After nicking the historic presidential election victory in 2015, the All Progressives Congress (APC) was caught in the intriguing, embarrassing webs woven by its members in the National Assembly.

That was at the point it showed bad faith in the zoning of key positions in government. Political parties and groups that had coalesced into a mega party to upend Peoples Democratic Party's 16-year rule had justifiably expected to be rewarded through strategic accommodation in the power-sharing arrangements. But that was only going to happen on an inequitable basis.
Whereas, sharing and ceding positions to the six geo-political zones had never spawned rebellion, what happened with the APC in 2015 and now, contrast sharply with PDP's years in power at the centre. Considering the historical and political circumstances that produced the APC and the mismanagement of victory by the party leadership under Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, APC's power-sharing debacle could be clarified even if the episode suffers from selective understanding based on political interests.
Nigeria Moment opined that APC's formation was propelled by a single-minded objective to wrest power from President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP. The decision by the new PDP (nPDP) to factionalize the party, triggered by Jonathan's decision to seek re-election against widespread expectations by the political North, was the last straw that broke the back of the behemoth. On that note, five governors – Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Magatakarda Wammako (Sokoto), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) – as well as other leaders of the party, including then Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, Bukola Saraki, Adamu Abdullahi and a host of others, had exited the party to join the opposition elements in the formation of the APC.
The APC which demonstrated a lack of sagacity to manage its electoral victory in 2015 is also suffering from the same murky waters in this 2019. That leaders of the legacy party did not tidy up power-zoning arrangements before going into the general election was glaring and today, it is the same song everywhere and every day. They had possibly decided to cross the bridge when they got there. But on nicking victory and reaching the bridge of zoning, crossing it became more convoluted and herculean than they had envisaged. Today, the party leadership had coupled some zoning arrangements to muddle through that intersection. Not minding that the Northwest zone has the president, some influential party leaders who saw through the chicanery and the shenanigans in the zoning of other positions had acted proactively by taking their destiny in their hands. We are of the view that anticipated actions and reactions in 2019 for the constitution of the leadership of the National Assembly will be better heard than experienced. The leading party may not judiciously manage her victory due to greed.


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