Senator Adesoji Akanbi, the group’s vice chairman, said on Wednesday that the agreement was reached between the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), with both parties agreeing that the ACN block would produce a candidate from the south.
He said that when the two parties merged in 2014 to form the All Progressives Congress, this was part of the deal (APC).
He however disclosed that the agreement was not documented but the leaders of both groups are fully aware of it.
“There was a gentleman agreement, though not written, between the then CPC and ACN on the rotational presidency,” Alabi said in an interview with The Nation.
“The thinking was that it would help keep Nigeria as one indivisible entity. We believe that the ACN has sacrificed a lot for the formation of the APC. Therefore, Southern Nigeria should produce the next president.
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“At SWAGA, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is our third agenda. He is the candidate that can win election for Southwest. If we are opportuned as a zone to produce the candidate that has appeal to other zones, Tinubu is the one.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency on Wednesday debunked the report making rounds on the alleged rift between the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled “Alleged rift between President Buhari and Tinubu; handiwork of cynics.”
The presidential aide attributed the report of rift between the two leaders to people he described as media mischief-makers.
The statement reads in part: “The Presidency wishes to make it clear that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
“The President and the Asiwaju have a very strong commitment to the All Progressives Congress, towards bringing change and this is a commitment they have made to the Nigerian people.”
“Recent reports of a rift between the two leaders of our party are false; the handiwork of some media mischief-makers.”