- Ike Ekweremadu seems not to have lost all in the Senate
- The former deputy Senate president was on Wednesday, February 12, elected as the leader of the southeast caucus
- The election, which was held in the Senate's chamber, was announced by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe
Months after he lost his seat as the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekwremadu on Wednesday, February 12, clinched a new position in the upper house.
Ekweremadu has been elected as the leader of the southeast caucus in the Senate following an election held on Wednesday, The Nation reports.
The former Senate president's victory was announced by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the minority leader.
Abaribe said that the election that led to Ekweremadu's victory was peaceful and credible.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ekweremadu had declared that the southeast zone could truly make progress if Nigeria was properly structured.
Ekweremadu made this position known when he spoke as chairman during the second Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu memorial lecture in Anambra state.
Ekweremadu noted that the Igbos were not happy in the country adding that this was so because of many reasons.
According to the senator, there is an obvious imbalance in the structure of the country and this has resulted in some grievances.
The lawmaker complained that in the Senate, for example, the southeast has 15 legislators and is the least. He argued that while this was so, a zone of the country has 18 while another had 21.
He also lamented that the southeast does not enjoy as much as some zones in the distribution of national wealth and revenue.
To him, the zone is seriously affected by the revenue sharing formula of the country.
“Ndigbo have many grouses which have made them not to be satisfied in the system, among which are the distribution of national wealth and infrastructure.
"This state of affairs does not make southeast to move forward. This has resulted in agitations getting to a crescendo in recent years," he said. He, however, declared that the Igbos can make progress.
“There is a need for true federalism, separation of powers, structural balance, rotational presidency, issue of local government creation, six-year one tenure for the president, among others," he added.
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