Leadership: “Unfair to exclude South East from NASS slots”

    National Assembly leadership

    THE seemingly possibility that the South East geopolitical zone will not hold a leadership position in any of the three arms of government has been described as “grossly unfair.” 

    An advocacy group, the South East Equity Alliance (SEA) says the South East  geo-political zone deserves to have people occupying prominent positions in the Ninth National Assembly.

    The Director, Contact and Mobilization of the Alliance, Mr Amaechi Nwoha, made the assertion Monday, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

    Recognizing how “grossly unfair” it would be for the South-East zone not to hold a prominent position in any of the three arms of government, he said, “It will be unconscionable to exclude the South-East from the leadership of the executive, judiciary and legislative arms of government.”

    He therefore urged the members of the National Assembly to be guided by their conscience and the spirit of national unity in selecting their leadership as the NASS is inaugurated Tuesday.

    Said Nwoga: “As you choose your leadership for the 9th Senate, the South-East demands either, the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker or the Deputy Speaker of the House of representatives.”

    According to him, the South-East ought to be included in the emerging leadership of not only the National Assembly, but of the country in the spirit of equity. 

    “Doing so will be a good reflection of President Buhari’s vision of an all-inclusive government,” he said.

    In the same vein, former Governor of Abia State, and senator-elect (Abia North Senatorial District), Dr Orji Kalu made a case why the office of the Deputy Senate President must be retained by the South-East.

    The office has been occupied by Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDD, Enugu West senatorial district) since 2007. 

    Kalu noted how unfair it will be to leave out the South-East in the distribution of key elective political positions under the All Progressive Congress (APC) government.

    Arguing for an equitable political representation, he said: “As currently constituted, there are six major elective positions in the country, the President, the Vice President, the Senate President, the Speaker, and the Deputy Senate president.

    “Key positions had already been zoned to other geopolitical zones, including the South-South, which has the position of the National Chairman of APC.

    “The remaining positions must be distributed to reflect the political dynamics of the country. 

    “The South-East caucus of the Senate will not be asking for too much if it asks for the position of Deputy Senate President.”


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