Let south east produce next Senate president after Saraki - APC chieftain

Let south east produce next Senate president after Saraki - APC chieftain

- Chief Ndukwe Iko says there is no difference between APC and PDP, except that the ruling party has President Buhari

- Iko wants the APC to zone the presidency of the Senate to the south east

- The APC chieftain argues that the zone played roles in the victory of President Buhari in 2019

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governorship aspirant in Abia state, Chief Ndukwe Iko, has declared that the south eastern part of Nigeria deserves to get the position of the Senate.

Iko spoke in an interview with Daily Independent saying nothing is more special in the APC than what obtains in other political parties.

According to Iko, the only difference between the APC and the major opposition PDP is President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“If APC makes the kind of mistake it made in 2015 in managing victory, then it will meet its waterloo in 2023. If APC did not come out and define power sharing formula, then PDP will take over power in 2023. That is my fear and that should be the fear of every APC member. We should distribute power equitably to all geopolitical zones; we should not concentrate power in one section of the country.

“Whether we produced two senators or 10, the argument is: are the senators qualified to take up those positions? There are two APC senators-elect from south east; one from Imo state and the other one from Abia state. The one from Imo state is a returning senator.

“Then Orji Uzor Kalu was a 1992 House of Representatives member. He is a ranking federal lawmaker. What parliamentarians mean in ‘ranking’ is one’s experience. Once you are there whether upper or lower house, you are already experienced in the process of lawmaking, thus you become a ranking lawmaker,” he said.

He also carpeted those claiming the south east did not contribute much to the victory of President Buhari at the polls.

“Buhari’s qualification by states is 25% affirmative votes and if he scored 25% in all the south east states, that is a big gain between 2015 and 2019. I am comparing Buhari’s performance in the South East in the previous four elections that he contested and what he got there in 2019.

“I can tell you that those who are pushing for that sentimental argument are not being realistic. Buhari did not get 25% votes in the south east states in the previous elections since 2003 he has been contesting. This year is a major development for Buhari in the south east. In 2015, APC has no single senator but now we are talking about two senators,” he said.

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Comparing the victories of the president as recorded in the south east and the south west, the APC chieftain noted that the latter had incentives to work with.

“South west has the vice president and you cannot tell me that you will expect equal contribution of votes with it and the south east. This year, there was no single incentive; there was not even a promise to them like ‘when we win, we will give you so and so position but they still give Buhari 25% votes in each state. No strong ministerial portfolio like Fashola holding three portfolios in one and you want to tell me that the level of motivation to vote the APC will be the same,” he said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the ruling APC may face a major crisis in the election of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

This is as one of the aspirants for the office of the Senate president, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, March 26, faulted the adoption of the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, by the party leadership.

Ndume (APC, Borno South) told newsmen in Abuja that the disclosure by the APC national chairman, on Monday, March 25, endorsing Lawan as president of the ninth Senate and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the 9th House of Representatives was not only embarrassing but unconstitutional.

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