Pressure mounts on both the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone their parties’ presidential tickets in 2023 to the South as hundreds of protesters stormed the headquarters of both parties on Wednesday.
Chanting solidarity songs, the placard bearing protesters mostly women and youths occupied the premises of both political parties.
The inscriptions on their placards summed their anger and anxieties as they called on both PDP and APC to respect the principles of zoning and gift their tickets to the South for the sake of equity, fairness, social justice and unity.
For several hours, the protesters demonstrated outside of PDP National Secretariat trying to draw the attention of the leadership of the party to accept their position. Their efforts failed.
Nobody in Wadata House was willing to talk to the group on the vexed issue of zoning nor accept their appeal letter.
In frustration, the group under the aegis of Concerned Nigeria Citizens left their letter at the front gate of the opposition party before proceeding to the National Secretariat of APC a few metres away in Wuse zone 2 where they were received by members of the National Working Committee(NWC).
The issue of power rotation has always been quite knotty in Nigeria and with the next elections around the corner, both APC and PDP look trapped in the same sticky web of zoning.
At the moment, the choice of where to zone the Presidential tickets of both the APC and PDP looks more like a “cat and mouse game”, with each anxiously waiting for the others’ next move.