The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has dropped the principle of zoning ahead of the election of a new Senate President for the 8th National Assembly in June.
APC National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Thursday after holding a closed-door meeting with the President-elect, retired General Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu said the party had decided, in a meeting, that zoning would not be considered in choosing the Senate President.
According to the former Governor of Lagos State, the leaders of the party decided to jettison zoning because it was capable of compromising the merit, credibility and qualification of an individual.
“Let everybody aspire just like we aspired,” he said.
Tinubu said he would not go against anything the party decided but assured that merit would not be compromised while making the decision.
“Well, you have heard from the party; you have heard from leadership. My desire is not to rock the party. I am a disciplined party man and we will look at it critically.
“However, the nation is expecting us to take a decisive leadership decision. Merit would not be compromised. You have to be competent; you have to possess the character for the leadership.
“You have to be Pan-Nigerian and be a very solid character to lead the National Assembly and that is what we are talking about,’’ he said.
The APC Leader said predictions were rife during the APC presidential primaries that the party would run into a “chaotic storm,” but it got over it successfully by electing the best candidate, and so shall it be for the Senate Presidency.
The APC is expected to produce the next Senate President in view of its having won majority seats in the Senate.