- Udo Mbu Agoha, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a stern warning to the ruling party
- He waned that the APC will die in the south-east if the region is denied Senate president or Speaker in the 9th National Assembly
- The APC chieftain opined that the south-east should be rewarded at least for recording 25 percent in the region during the presidential election
Udo Mbu Agoha, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that the ruling party will die in the south-east if the region is denied Senate president or Speaker in the 9th National Assembly.
Agoha who is also the national president of the South East Consultative Parliament, said the south-east should be rewarded at least for recording 25 percent in the region during the presidential election.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prove that he is a generous man and use the opportunity to dissuade insinuations that he hates the Igbo.
His words: “If the president of the Senate that they are zoning does not favour the south-east then we should be given the Deputy Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives. At least they cannot deny that APC did not make 25 percent in the south-east during the presidential election.”
Asked about the issue of ranking which is part of the requisite qualification for any member to be considered as a presiding officer of the two chambers of the National Assembly, Agoha said: “We have a ranking member in the person Chike Okafor in the case of the Speakership position; we also have a ranking member in person of Orji Uzor Kalu for the Senate president position because he was a former member of the House of Representatives.
“These two persons are eminently qualified to contest for these positions and if equity should come to play I think we deserve one or both.
“We call on President Buhari to consider his friend, Orji Uzor Kalu, who has been very close to him for the position of the Senate president.
“Again, Chike Okafor who is a ranking member of the House of Representatives should be considered for the Speakership because he has the capacity and experience.”
When reminded that the APC has already zoned the Senate presidency to the north-east and equally adopted Senator Ahmed Lawan as its preferred choice, Agoha said the south-east wasn't carried along in the process.
He said: “I think if the party really wants the zone to support the APC, I think conceding the position to the South East is not too much. But if they think that they cannot re-zone it then Orji Kalu should be expressly considered for the Deputy Senate President.
“If the south-east does not get any of the principal officers positions, then count APC as a dead party in the south-east.
“We have strong leaders of the party in the zone like Orji Kalu and other prominent persons but it is not a guarantee that the APC is going to survive because those strong party chieftains will not have any campaign point to retain the people in APC in 2023.
“So, something must come to us with which we can use to persuade the people not to desert the party that something good is coming. If we don’t get any principal officers position it would be difficult to convince the people on why they should remain in APC. And that would be disastrous for the party.”
Meanwhile, Honourable Nkeiruka Onyejeocha has opined that her emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly will douse agitations in south-east region of the country.
The Abia state lawmaker, who is the only female in the race, said the people of the south-east would see that they are part of Nigeria and it would douse all claims of marginalisation if she emerges Speaker.
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