Okorocha decided to speak on the controversial issue of which zone should be given the chance to get the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Without mincing words, Okorocha revealed that the APC should zone the ticket to the South in 2023 so as to allow the return of power to the South in line with the idea of power rotation between the South and the North. Okorocha further warned that if the APC zones the presidential ticket to the North, then the party will be divided. This article will discuss why APC should take Okorocha's warning serious.
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First, Okorocha's stand is in line with the position of the Southern Governors Forum. Irrespective of their party differences, the Southern Governors agreed and demanded that the South should produce the next President after the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. They argued that it will be in the interest of the country to do so. The Chairman of the forum who is also an APC Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State reechoed that demand few days ago warning that any party (including APC) that fails to do so would lose the support of the South.
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Second, APC needs to take Okorocka's warning serious because Okorocha and other top APC politicians from the South may dump the party if it zones the presidential ticket to the North against the warning. This is another reason why the APC needs to be careful and do the needful. The needful is to zone the presidential ticket to the South in 2023. According to a report by The Punch, Okorocha had to remind the APC how he brought thousands of his supporters and fellow members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the merger that gave birth to APC. If the APC ignores Okorocha's warning, he and others may dump the party.
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Third, if APC ignores the warning from Okorocka and zones the ticket to the North again, that would amount to big injustice. In that case, people from some areas in the North may even back the South to vote against the APC. Why? This is because the North would have ruled for eighth years by 2023. The right and fair thing to do is to allow power to return to the South in line with power rotation, balance of power and to allay the fear of domination which will help to make the country more united. Some northerners will support the South on this ground.
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Finally, some APC Governors and other top politicians from the North have openly declared support for power to shift to South in 2023. This is more reason why APC needs to heed Okorocha's warning to avoid doing what may lead to division or implosion of the party in 2023.
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