In an effort to elect a Senate President from the South East, some members of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo under the leadership of Okechukwu Isiguzoro are said to have met with Arewa stakeholders.
Following the end of the general elections in 2023, newsmen claim that the competition for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly intensified.
The swearing-in of elected officials, including President-elect Bola Tinubu, is scheduled for May 29, but Ohanaeze is battling the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to have the Southeast region receive the senate presidency.
According to reports, some Ohanaeze members met with the Arewa Stakeholders and Leaders forum in Kaduna during the last week in an effort to persuade the North to insist that its senators elect a person from the South East as the next Senate President.
Ibrahim Waziri, the chairman of the Arewa forum, vowed to organize Northern senators at the meeting in order to make Umahi the next Senate President.
“We met with Arewa Stakeholders and Leaders Forum in Kaduna yesterday and we agreed that in fairness, justice and equity, the Southeast should be allowed to produce the President of the Senate in the 10th Assembly.
“This would ensure we have a united Nigeria based on the interest of natural security.
“The Arewa leaders and stakeholders forum led by Ibrahim Waziri have assured Ohanaeze that they would galvanize their Senators from the Northern extraction would ensure that this alliance we are forming will bear fruits when the National Assembly pick their leaders and principal officers on June 13.
“They should ensure that the choice of Ohanaeze falls through, and in ensuring that the issue of secession becomes past, they must give an opportunity to a man with the capacity to emerge as the Senate President because his emergence will end violent Biafra agitation and insecurity,” Daily Post quoted the secretary-general of the Ohanaeze group, Isiguzoro saying.
Isiguzoro urged the National Assembly to embrace the theory of necessity in order to change the standing rules in his submission, stressing that the standing rule constituted a hindrance to Nigeria’s unity.
He emphasized the need for the National Assembly to make things right for the sake of a peaceful and united country, pleading with it to accept the philosophy of necessity in order to change the standing norms.
“This standing rule is what is preventing the unification of Nigeria,” he said.
“The Senators must know that at this point in time, what is paramount is working against the secession of any part. If the Senate overlooks the serious threats confronting the country and fails to amend the standing rule to allow a man who is the political leader of the Southeast to emerge as the Senate President, such would have an adverse effect on the Igbos.
“This will save Nigeria from disintegration and harmonize whatever is still holding Nigeria together; this would make our people drop Biafra agitation and tell Peter Obi to calm the nerves of his followers challenging the election of Tinubu.
“These are the ingredients the senate must look into and ask themselves who among the candidates from the Southeast can Biafra agitators respect,” Isiguzoro added.
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