Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have urged the 9th National Assembly to give the Deputy Senate presidency to the South East this time around, saying this would help abate the prolonged marginalisation suffered by the region and promote true democracy.
President-General of the group, Sir Alex Ndubuisi, who spoke at the weekend, on behalf of his people, urged the federal lawmakers in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, to give room for a fair-minded government by considering the southeast for deputy senate presidency.
According Ndubuisi, “To have a balanced political equation in the country and for the very fact that the Igbo are yet to hold a major position in this government, I strongly advise that this time the Deputy Senate presidency be given to the southeast, because when we say we are one Nigeria we should altogether act it with worthy examples.
“If eventually, the Deputy Senate presidency is not given to the southeast it means the southeast will not have any say in this government. It will then be termed ‘government of a particular region’.
“All of the agitations here and there are basically because of political shortchanging and marginalisation which the Igbo have always decried.
“The three major ethnic groups in this country should always be considered in whatever the government is doing, in the event that only a major group is being considered and other groups are not included, it will always result in all of these agitations we are experiencing.
“It should not be a case of some participating while others watch aloof. It should be an all-encompassing government.
“No group wants to divide Nigeria but where good representations are not properly done that is where problems crop up from. I strongly advise the deputy senate presidency be conceded to the South East.
“Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu is qualified and even over qualified. The Senate Presidency should have even gone to him.
“The Deputy Senate presidency should be given to the southeast to balance the political equation of the country and have a balanced democracy”.