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Ebonyi State Governor and Senate President aspirant, David Umahi has explained why he believes that the South-Eastern region deserves the position of the Senate president.
He made the disclosure on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, where he informed him of his intention to run for the position and sought his blessings in his bid to become the President of the 10th Nigeria Senate.
While fielding questions from State House Correspondents Umahi pointed out that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be taking the right step to allow justice, equity, and fairness to guide its judgment when zoning leadership offices for the 10th Senate.
The governor, who would be representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District in the 10th Senate, argued that the Southeast made considerable contributions to the President-elect’s, Bola Tinubu, victory, advising the party against gauging its choices of candidate by vote contributions alone.
He stated that the emerging candidate must be one who stands a chance in the June election.
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Umahi also said allowing the Southeast to produce the next Senate leader would inspire buy-in from the opposition in the National Assembly.
‘I think that every region clamouring for the presidency of the Senate to be zoned to it is the right of such people. If you look at the true reflection of our society, you will agree with me that the right thing to be done by our leaders without prejudice to their rights and thinking is that the South-East deserves the number three position.
‘This is very important and I have always said that you can deliver somebody by the reason of the majority votes of particular regions but you also need the cooperation of the minority people to have a holistic nation to govern.
‘So, for inclusiveness, unity of the country and for everybody to be carried along, the Southeast deserves the position and so far, nobody has been able to say this is the reason why the South-East should not be given that position and I am pleading for that,’ he said.
The governor added that the zone worked so hard for the APC even before the Presidential election thus, the strides it made in winning other elective positions.
‘I know what effort we made as a people for the unity of the country. I know the way we were regarded and we understand that we are stronger while we are together and we made vows to our people while we were campaigning for APC, we assured them that we belong to an equitable and fair Nigeria.
‘Now it has come to a point where that position we took should be put to practice and that is what we are begging for because the chain is as strong as the weakest link and it is time for healing, inclusiveness as well as the time to move this country forward,’ he added.
On claims that he was not experienced enough as a lawmaker, Umahi pointed out that he had garnered enough experience in the public sector as a two-term governor and from the private sector as a businessman, to lead the 10th senate.