By Alfred Agudiebube
The Abia State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the National leadership of the party to cede the presidency of the Senate to the Southeast saying that it will be both politically and morally correct to do so.
Political pundits are believe that with just two months left on the tenure of current senate, the battle for succession has intensified.
And out of those perceived to be the key contenders, one is from the Southeast, while three hail from the Northeast. The other is from the North-central.
The perceived key contenders include, former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu, Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe, former Gombe State governor, Danjuma Goje, Senator Ali Ndume from Borno and Senator Adamu Abdullahi from Nasarawa State.
While Kalu hails from the Southeast, Lawan, Goje and Ndume are all from the Northeast. Abdullahi who hails from the North-central complete the expected list of contenders.
The Publicity Secretary of APC in Abia, Comrade Benedict Godson while addressing journalists in Aba said that the structural makeup of the current government from executive, legislative and judiciary, shows that it will be the most infallible and plain sailing decision for the party to cede the senate president to South East.
In his words, “For us here, this should not be a difficult decision at all. It is a decision that will show inclusiveness in all ramifications. The structure of the current government from executive, legislative and judiciary calls for a space for the Southeast to accommodated and integrated.
“Our able leader, President Muhammadu Buhari is from Northwest, our Vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo from Southwest, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari are both from Northeast.
“Although the current senate president and Speaker of the House of Representatives are no longer our members, but both are from Northcentral and Northeast respectively. And the Southsouth until recently had the number one position in the judiciary (CJN). Even the National Chairman of our party is from the Southsouth as well.
“This goes to show that the Southeast is the only geo-political zone which has no ranking government official in the hierarchy of power within the APC led government. So, giving us this one is a no brainer I must say it unequivocally.
“Agreed, in 2015 we didn’t do much in terms of sending people from APC to the National Assembly, but the story is different today as we already have an elected Senator and members of House of Representatives. Even in the presidential election, we showed serious commitment and dedication to our party candidate who won convincingly.”
The APC Spokesman called on the National Working Committee of APC, all elected Senators from both Southeast and other zones together with other stakeholders to support Abia APC leader and now Senator elect, Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu to clinch the senate apex position for justice and equity within the party and the nation at large.
“Those of us from Abia are strongly behind our leader Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu and believe he should be considered for the post because he is capable and has collected his certificate of return from INEC and as such now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the Southeast.
“People may say he’s a greenhorn in the senate, but we must put records straight, because he is not new in the National Assembly. He was in the House of Representatives in 1991. He was deputy chairman, House Committee on Finance and Immigration, because his party, the National Republican Convention (NRC) was in minority then. He’s not a greenhorn at all.”
Speaking further, Godson said, “Let no one get this call twisted in anyway, our call and demand for this position is not in anyway trying to say that the APC led Federal Government has not done well in the Southeast.
“That’s not what we are saying. The essence of this explanation is to make sure that people don’t twist it into that. In fact, our people are aware that the president Buhari led administration has executed more people oriented projects in the Southeast than previous administrations.
“So, we must make this clear before mischief-makers will turn our simple call for rightful accommodation and integration into the progressive APC government to mean an agitation of dissatisfaction with the APC led administration.
“We appreciate the Federal Government and all its efforts in the Southeast, but we are saying that it will be fair, politically and morally correct for our zone to be given the number one principal position in the Senate because we deserve it as it will make our party stronger and more balanced in national outlook.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH