OluwajanaPastor Bankole Oluwajana is the National Vice Chairman (Southwest) of All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke on the crises in the party and also expresses hope that all voices are pointing to the region to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. The former governorship candidate in Ondo State also said the aim of APC is to retain power in Ondo in the coming 2020 gubernatorial election. SEYE OLUMIDE reports.
As a chieftain of APC, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has rejected the reconciliation committee set up to resolve the face-off between him and Oshiomhole. What is the next step to addressing the crisis?
The rejection will also be resolved because it is part of the crisis. Let me explain this. At the NEC meeting, the president was mandated to set up a committee and it was announced. I would have expected Obaseki to see the president if he had issues with it to express his fears. But again for Obaseki to have expressed displeasure is itself an issue to be resolved because that is not the end of the matter. Efforts are still going to be made so that APC speaks with one voice before the election.
Some sections of the north are saying it is the time for APC and Nigeria to drop zoning as a condition for Buhari’s successor in 2023?
Those saying so are in the minority. I am happy though that voices are pointing to the Southwest and I will not shy away from the call to duty to my region. If they talk about competence we have many in the region. All we are saying is that zoning limits a lot of rancour. You know as much as I do that the region is never lagging behind in terms of competent hands capable of taking Nigeria further. We don’t lack people of solid merit in the region and we also recognise that other parts of Nigeria have competent people.
Looking at the series of crises in APC, would you say that it would still be intact if it were not ruling at the centre? Would it not have since collapsed?