The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Friday, January 28, expressed his confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice are reflected within the party’s zoning formula.
The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja together with a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.
In a chat with state house correspondents, Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.
He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after approval by the National Executive Council.
Abiodun said he was confident that Buhari, who stands for equity as well as fairness, will provide direction to move the party forward.
Asked to give a personal opinion, he said the zoning formula is one area of priority; which leaders of the party have been engaging in; but a position will be made known after the National Executive Council (NEC) approves.
According to him, it is after the NEC approval that “we’ll know where the president will come from.”
“I will be hesitant to delve into the details of this question; because, one, I’m not in any position or capacity to advise the party. I am a governor, I am a member of the party; and I will continue to be guided by the party leadership and in line with party discipline.
“We have a President in place, we are the party that’s in government; our President is the leader of the party. I believe that His Excellency, Mr. President, will continue to offer us the guidance that’s required and will do that which we need to do under his leadership.
“I am not sure that I am capable, or have the capacity to begin to advise the party; when I am just a member of the party and a governor; and the party has a leader who is the President.
“We are aware that the party is working on zoning and when that is formalized and ratified by NEC; then it will be made public so we’ll know where the chairman of the party will come from; we’ll know where the President will come from and things will evolve in their own time,” the Governor stated.