- The Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders (COSEYL) claimed that APC has denied Ndigbo the position of Senate presidency
- The COSEYL vowed that Ndigbo would no longer allow itself to be relegated to the background
- According to the group, APC must address the injustice meted to southeast in the interest of peace in Nigeria
The Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders (COSEYL) declared that All Progressive Congress was biased and unfair to Ndigbo by refusing to zone the Senate presidency position to that part of the country.
Vanguard reports that COSEYL urged President Buhari and APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to ensure that the party does not deny any zone its due in the sharing of national positions.
In a statement signed by its president, Goodluck Egwu Ibem; secretary, Igwe Kanice and publicity secretary, Joshua Nnamani, the group vowed that Ndigbo would no longer allow itself to be relegated to the background.
The statement read: “Looking at the manner in which the APC has been sharing its position, we make bold to say that the party has been too parochial. It has failed to act as a true national party. The APC has been unfair to Ndigbo.
''In 2015, the APC said we didn’t elect a senator who could have been made Senate president. Now, in 2019, the party recorded victories in the south east.
''Instead of zoning the Senate presidency position to the south east and anointing one of the ranking senators, the APC is again giving reasons.
''How can the APC zone the senate presidency to the north west where it adopted Senator Ahmed Lawan, leaving out the Igbo which is one of the major tripods on which the Nigerian federation stands? We will not allow this great injustice to stand.
''There are qualified Igbo senators from the APC such as Orji Uzor Kalu who has the capacity to excel as a Senate president. Kalu is a consummate politician with the strength of character to take the legislative arm of government to greater heights. He will add great value to the Buhari administration.”
The group urged the APC to address the injustice meted to the southeast in the interest of peace, harmony and stability of Nigeria.
Legit.ng previously reported that former governor of Abia state and chieftain of the APC, Orji Uzor Kalu, said he is hellbent on contesting for the position of the deputy Senate president when the ninth National Assembly is inaugurated in June, irrespective of the party's decision.
The senator-elect for Abia north senatorial district made the disclosure in an interview published in Independent on Sunday, March 31.
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