By Siojare Uvoh
As the race for who become the Senate President in the 10th assembly hots up, the South-East senatorial caucus has told President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu to throw his weight behind a candidate from the zone.
This is against the background of reports that Tinubu is backing former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio for the job. Already outgoing Ebonyi State governor, has stepped down for Akpabio. While Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and Osita Izunaso remain in the ring for the contest.
However, rising from a meeting Sunday in Abuja the South-East caucus said in a communiqué: “We have observed with dismay the antics of persons with vested selfish interests who have planted themselves around the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and have vowed to shut out the south-east from the senate presidency of the 10th senate.
“We implore the president-elect to be sensitive to the times in Nigeria and ensure the country continues to thrive on the path of equity, unity and fairness to the tripod of Nigeria (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba) and the geo-political zones.
“The country is already divided amongst ethnic and religious lines due to the exclusion of the south-east region, which formed the major reason the APC received the number of votes from the south-east.
“The incoming administration of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu must correct this anomaly by ensuring that the south-east is given the opportunity to produce the next senate president.”
The senators said Tinubu must drop the “winner takes it all” approach and ensure inclusivity.
“The south-east has been denied the chance of producing the president of Nigeria since 1966. The south-south has produced a president for six years and also had a deputy senate president in the outgoing administration,” the communique added.
“The only zone in the south that has not been favoured is the south-east. The outcry of marginalisation by the south-east and the entire Igbo should be addressed by your incoming administration rather than aggravating it.”