The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, on Friday, November 20; revealed nobody can blackmail or dictate to the party how it would zone its presidential ticket in 2023.
Nabena made this disclosure in response to statements credited to some leaders in the South-West, South-East and South-South, on the APC zoning arrangement; and counseled them against “overheating the polity with the debate on the 2023 presidential ticket.”
The APC spokesman made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja.
He said: “They don’t have any right to tell people what to do. It is not by force, threat, or intimidation but by negotiations. If they feel strongly about the ticket, they should form their own political party and give their ticket to whichever zone they want to produce the president in 2023.
“It is called politics because you cannot impose anybody on any person. It is a game of numbers. The South-East must lobby and tell other regions what they have for them. By the way, it is even too early to talk about zoning in 2023. Instead of heating up the polity, they should resort to an alliance, lobbying, and consultations.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly has promised to include compensations to #EndSARS victims in the state’s 202 Budget currently before the House.
The Chairman, House Ad Hoc Committee on the Victims of Aftermath of the #EndSARS protest in the state, Mr Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, disclosed this at the end of its three-day public hearing on Friday, November 20, in Lagos.
1st News reports that the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, had on Oct. 26, constituted a nine-member committee to investigate the level of destruction of property and loss of lives as well as to determine compensation for the victims.
Eshinlokun-Sanni, who is also the Deputy Speaker, assured protesters that the House would attend to all genuine #EndSARS victims, adding that the compensation would come as early as possible.
“If your property is insured, LASACO is here to assist you. We will do our best to ensure that you are well compensated.
“We will also make budgetary allocations from the 2021 budget; for compensation to be paid. We will do our best and assist you in our own way.
“We want to perform our duty and identify with you about the incident.
“It is the duty of the government to intervene in such situations. You will soon hear from us about the money we want to give you,” he said.