Forget next Senate presidency - Group tells southeast politicians
Onyirioha Nnamdi|March. 14, 2019
- The clamour for Senate presidency by politicians from the southeast geopolitical zone has been term unrealistic
- This was the position of a group known as the Coalition of Southeast Civil Society and Human Rights Organisations (CSECSHRO)
- CSECSHRO said that this is because since 1999, the region produced the Senate president, deputy senate president and the deputy speaker
Politicians in the southeast have been advised by the Coalition of Southeast Civil Society and Human Rights Organisations (CSECSHRO) to forget their agitation for Senate presidency in the ninth National Assembly.
The conveners of the group, Jasper Uche and Ibuchukwu Ezike at a press conference in Enugu, said that since 1999, the region produced the Senate president, deputy senate president and the deputy speaker, The Guardian reports.
CSECSHRO said: “Northwest has the president and Southwest has the vice president. So Southeast should take the speaker, since the zone has held senate president and deputy senate president for over two terms.”
The group maintained that accepting the clamour would further drive the embers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the southeast, given that the party got a lot of votes in 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, Paul Odili, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta, has called on the national leadership of the party to consider the state for the office of Senate head or the deputy, on the basis of the state's performance in the recent general polls.
Odili said: “Delta State has contributed significantly to the success of the APC at the national level when assessed with its 2015 outing.
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"As such, a legislative position will facilitate the growth of the APC in Delta ahead of the 2023 general elections and put the party in better stead to defeat the more entrenched Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in subsequent elections."