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A faction of the Ohaneze Ndigbo on Monday said it is supporting the emergence of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as the next Senate President for the 10th Assembly.
In a statement that was made available to The Eastern Updates, the Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation faction, Okechuwu Isiguzoro, stressed that it is only fair that the next Senate President emerges from the South East, adding that Senator-elect, Umahi, fits properly in the position.
Ohanaeze maintained that Umahi has demonstrated democratic tolerance without penchant for sectional politics, stressing that his achievement as governor and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum speaks volume about his capacity.
The statement reads: ‘Beyond consideration of South East for the position, the choice of the occupant of the office is more important. Nigeria currently needs politicians with spread of acceptance and without bias of religion and ethnicity.
“Umahi fits into this position. When some politicians here were pursuing selfish interests, Umahi, who is currently the Senator-elect for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone, took his people into the mainstream of Nigerian politics, as if he saw tomorrow. He has made friends across the divide; he has demonstrated tolerance for all sections and strata; so, he is the one the cap fits.
‘For the interest of unity, gains of Umahi’s proven commitment to one Nigeria, infrastructure and human development, Igbo interest, as well as the need to galvanise support for our long-sought chance to have one of us stride to the presidency in the near future, we seek the support of all to enthrone Umahi as the next Senate President.