Mr Austin Meregini, also known as “Ugolee”, a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia state, has disclosed that it will not be a good thing for the south-easterners to be denied the lofty position of Senate Presidency in the 9th National Assembly.
Meregini, who was the APC Candidate for the Umuahia East Constituency seat in the Abia State House of Assembly in the just concluded general elections, made this assertion in the city of Lagos on Tuesday.
“It is natural justice to cede the position to the South-East to douse all complaints about marginalisation by the people of the region.
“For the 9th Senate, it is obvious that there is a common consensus and informal agreement among Nigerians that the South-East is properly positioned to produce the Senate President.
“And it will be bad if south-easterners are denied this position. As we have it now, obviously, it is only the South-South and South-East that are left out in the equation.
“For the South-South, President Muhammadu Buhari took over from South-South; the South-East has never played or occupied any major role within the power configuration of the country,’’ he said.
Mt Meregini further added that: “It will be natural justice to have a south-easterner assume this position and it will be no other person than Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, the Abia North Senator-elect for the ninth assembly.
“And from all indications without mincing words, no other person is more positioned or more qualified than Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.”
Kalu according to him, although a first term senator in the Senate, possesses the required legislative and leadership skills and experience to be the leader of the red chamber.
He also stated that since Kalu was former member of the House of Representatives in 1991 and a two-term governor of Abia State, he had in his heart. a genuine love for the country. This was why according to him, why Kalu cares so must about the people of the south-east.
“So, in terms of leadership and what it takes to project the interest of the country at the Senate, as well as what it takes to represent the south-easterners, Kalu is more qualified and properly positioned to assume this position.
“By ceding the Senate Presidency to the South-East, it will go a long way to pacify the region, and give them a sense of belonging in the Nigeria equation.”
Meregini said there will be natural peace and harmonious coexistence in the country which could end all agitations for Biafra from secessionists if this was considered.
Meregini said that South-East being brought to the mainstream of Nigeria politics will douse tensions and cries of marginalisation.
The candidate, who made allegations that he was rigged out during the House of assembly elections, called out to his followers, urging them not to be agitated but to remain calm since his mandate would be regained at the tribunal.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) secured majority seats in the just-concluded National Assembly election, but for the time being, the party has yet to state the geo-political zone which will produce the ninth National Assembly Senate President.
However, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who lost out to Saraki in the last leadership tussle of the red chambers, is being positioned thus far in some quarters of the APC to become the next Senate President.
Culled from PM News