One of the prominent aspirants for the position of the national chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Sylvester Monidafe
, has advised his party to put aside the issue of zoning but rather focus on competence, acceptability, and sellability, as criteria to select his flagbearers for the 2023 general elections.
Monidafe, who gave the advice while speaking with journalists at the national secretariat of APC, said he was aspiring to lead the party because he would bring something unique to the party, one of which he said was his experience of running a party from local government level to national level.
The party chieftain noted that the country was on the edge and needed someone with his political capital to save the nation from the precipice, which has to start from reinventing the ruling party.
This country is right now on edge, rightly it wrongly. People are very griefed. Southerners are very angry, they feel subsumed, submerged, they feel undercut and everything.
We have to start from the administration of the ruling party with due respect to my colleagues that are here. Mala was my college, he was Chairman of ACN in Yobe, I was Chairman of ACN in Abuja
But with due respect, we have to change the narrative. We must come to work and administer the party as a business. This country needs to be saved
I am here to offer myself to serve this country, this party, make Nigeria a better place, make Nigeria a peaceful place
I don’t play religious politics, I don’t play ethnic politics, I am a Nigerian. We must change the narrative in this country. Any small issue we have, we recline into our ethnic or religious enclave, it doesn’t speak well, we must change the narrative.
Speaking on his competence and qualifications for the post of national chairman of APC, Monidafe said, I set off in 2006, my third incursion into politics was in 2006. In 1990, I went to contest for the House of Representatives, Hola North, Yola South, Gire federal Constituency and I came back in 2006, ACD AMAC Deputy Chairman
” In June, ACD merged with the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and formed Action Congress (AC). We had a convention in Kaduna and I emerged as a Treasurer because it was zoned to the northeast.
“In 2007 after the election, there was one or two issues, the secretary and the Chairman were suspended and for about two or three months I was substantive Treasurer, Acting Secretary and Acting Chairman of the AC in FCT. By October/November 2007, I became the substantive Chairman of the AC in the FCT. From there we formed Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2008 and I was there till 2010 as Chairman.”