Zone Senate president to South South to foster unity, says group
Citizens Network For Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPDN) has called on the National Working Committee (NWC) and various organs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone Senate Presidency to South South.
This is coming ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly in June.
National Secretary of CNPDN, Francis Okereke Wainwei, while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, said the move by South South leaders is primarily premised on the need to allow the geo-political zone to produce the presidency of the Senate in new democratic dispensation.
He claimed that South South zone has not been given opportunity to produce the president of Senate since return of democratic rule in 1999.
Wainwei, the Bayelsa-born National Secretary of CNPDN, said zoning the Senate Presidency to South South zone will foster national unity and engender a true sense of belonging to the people of the geopolitical zone.
He said: “It will also drastically reduce the usual acrimony that characterises such struggle for power among geo-political zones, thereby, reducing unnecessary distractions for the peaceful and smooth take-off of the new dispensation under the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The call to zone the Senate presidency of the 10th Senate to the South South is also strengthened by the fact that APC got more than per cent votes in each of the Six South-South states, irrespective of the fact that before now, it had been known as the stronghold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The electoral contribution of the South South greatly helped the ruling party to clinch the presidency in the 2023 presidential election. It is, therefore, necessary for the party to consolidate on its electoral success in the zone by zoning the Senate presidency to it.”