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Oyo: APC leaders agree on new zoning template, throw governorship position open

A suppoter tries to display All Progressives Congress (APC) party flag on a pole, during incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari's presidential campaign rally at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano, on January 31, 2019. - Buhari has flag off campaign in Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria to seek re-election at the forthcoming February polls. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

Barely a few days to the conduct of the state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) nationwide, leaders of the party in Oyo state have zoned the state chairmanship to Oke-Ogun Zone 1 in the new zoning template.

As the leaders also resolved that all elective positions, especially governor, deputy governor and Senate in the 2023 general elections are open to all the 33 local government areas of the state.

This was contained in a communique issued after a stakeholders’ meeting held on Wednesday at the Ibadan residence of a former Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala.

It could be recalled that former Governor Alao-Akala, who is the chairman of Elders Advisory Committee, outgoing state Chairman, Chief Akin Oke and seven party zonal leaders had been mandated by the stakeholders to meet on the zoning template.

The leaders were mandated to work out the modalities and produce a final document that would accommodate all interests in the October 16 state congress of the party.

They agreed on a new sharing formula, having considered that all gladiators and party faithful should go into the state congress as a united team of democrats.

According to the communique, Oke-Ogun Zone 1 would produce the new state chairman of the party, while Ibarapa Zone would produce the State Deputy Chairman.

According to the resolution of the meeting, Oke-Ogun 1 is also to produce the Senatorial Youth Leader, Assistant Financial Secretary and Assistant Welfare Officer.

“Oke-Ogun 2 will produce State Organising Secretary, State Legal Adviser, Deputy Youth Leader (North), Senatorial Women Leader, Deputy State Women Leader and an ex-Officio.

“Ogbomoso Zones will produce State Youth Leader, State Financial Secretary, Senatorial Chairman, State Assistant Auditor, Senatorial Women Leader and Ex Officio.”

The party leaders zoned the State Secretary, State Auditor, Assistant Organising Secretary and Assistant Publicity Secretary to Oyo Zone.

Ibarapa zone of the state would produce the Deputy State Chairman, State Welfare Officer, Senatorial Youth Leader (South) and Assistant Treasurer.

The leaders agreed that Ibadan City would produce State Women Leader, Deputy Secretary, Physically Challenged, Senatorial Chairman, Senatorial Women Leader and ex-Officio.

Ibadan Less City would produce the Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, Oyo Central Senatorial Chairman, Assistant legal Adviser, Senatorial Youth Leader and ex-Officio.

While the leaders also resolved that all elective positions, especially governor, deputy governor and Senators in the 2023 general elections are open to all the 33 local government areas of the state.

The communique said that the new zoning template to produce state executive of the party on October 16 was signed by all the leaders.

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