The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress has demanded that the position of the president, the vice president or the national chairman of the party should be zoned to the Niger Delta region.
The state APC explained that the call for the people of Niger Delta to get one of the three major positions became necessary in order to encourage the region to continue to fight for the victory of the party.
Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Interim State Chairman of the party, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, who made this known in a telephone interview with The PUNCH yesterday, said one of the three positions must come to the oil-rich region.
Eze stressed that the national leadership of APC would be unfair to the people of the region if it decided not to zone any of the three positions to the Niger Delta.
“The sacrifices those of us in Niger Delta have made to make the APC popular in this area; if the party does not consider all these sacrifices and let us assume that President Goodluck Jonathan gets the ticket (of the Peoples Democratic Party), what would we depend on to ask Niger Delta people to vote for APC when there is no responsible or reasonable position given to us (Niger Delta)?
“So, if the position of the presidency, vice presidency or the chairman of the party is not ceded to this place, in other words, they are asking us to slow down.
“Therefore, any calculation, they (national APC) without putting this factor into consideration, they are not fair to the people from this area”, Eze said.
He also spoke on the presence of Governor Rotimi Amaechi at the wedding ceremony of President Jonathan’s daughter in Abuja, saying his attendance was not an indication that he (Amaechi) was planning a return to the PDP.
Eze said Amaechi’s presence at the wedding in Abuja showed that the Rivers State governor had a forgiving spirit.
Explaining that Amaechi was still a member of APC, Eze, who was the spokesperson of the faction of PDP known as new PDP, added that the governor would not return to the PDP without first consulting APC members.