In adherence to the zoning formula of the All Progress Congress (APC) national chairmanship race, the former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has pulled out of the All Progress race saying he doesn’t want to oppose the zoning formula of the party.
He stated this Sunday while briefing journalists in Abuja. He noted that his respect for the party’s leader informed his decision.
“I respect the president as my leader, and he must have a reason why the national chairman is zoned to the North-central. Therefore I will no longer contest unless the party leadership decides to throw it open between now and Friday.”
Sheriff appreciated his campaign team for their steadfastness, adding that except the party reviews its zoning formula, he will not join the race.
Meanwhile, some of the aspirants for the position include Malam Saliu Mustapha, a former Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Congress (CPC), and George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.
Others are; Sen. Sani Musa, Tanko Al Makura, and a former Governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari.
The ruling party had last week zoned the National chairmanship seat to the North-Central while the South West are to produce the National Secretary.
The Director of Publicity, Salisu Na’inna Ɗambatta, had communicated this in a statement. He added that the position of the Deputy National Chairman had been allocated to the South-East zone.
The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) had on March 8, 2022, adopted the zoning arrangement
The ruling party’s national convention has been slated to hold on March 26.