A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Mr Goddie Akpama, has called for the jettisoning of the zoning arrangement for the governorship position in next year’s election if the party intends to win the election next year.
The political class appears to have an unwritten agreement that the governorship should rotate among the three senatorial districts and by this arrangement the northern senatorial district still has another four years with Governor Ben Ayade of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Obudu local government area, almost concluding his first four years.
In a statement issued today in Calabar, Akpama; a former governorship candidate of the Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) in the state, called on the APC to support someone from the south as according to him, this would greatly improve their chances next year, given they have the voting strength.
He also said the main lesson from that by-election is very clear, and it is that the northern senatorial district APC aspirants do not have what it takes to win the governorship elections next year for the Party.
He also said that the number of votes registered in Obudu were up to 69, 000 approximately and yet the APC could not even mobilize half of that number to its credit. He said that the by-election was a total failure to the APC.
He also suggested that the APC should begin to look for other options if they intend to win the state next year and not just limit themselves to the issue of zoning as this would be unfavorable to the party.