Sen. Osita Izunaso,Senator-elect representing Imo West on Monday, said the South-East deserve to produce the President of the incoming 10th Senate for justice, fairness and equity.
He said this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, adding that the incoming 10th Senate needed an experience hand to handle its affairs and ensure cohesion.
Izunaso, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) said he was the most qualified ranking Senator from the South-East, fit to be the President of the 10th Senate.
He said he had the experience and capacity needed to ensure stability and a cordial working relationship between the incoming Executive and Legislative arms haven been a lawmaker since 2003.
Izunaso who was APC former National Organising Secretary said he was the most qualified ranking Senator, adding that supporting the South-East to produce the President of the 10th Senate would help calm nerves in the zone.
He said he was the only ranking Senator in the country’s political history that had worked as a staff of the two chambers of the National Assembly and later served as elected representative of the people.
“In 1992, I worked as the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Agunwa Anakwe. I also served as the Chief Press Secretary to Senate President, Chief Evans Nwerem with the return of civilian administration in 1999.
“I had earlier served as Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Chief Jim Nwobodo from 1995 to 1997 and retained same position with the Minister of Labour and Productivity from 1998 to 1999.
“Haven been first elected into the House of Representatives in 2003 and later into the Senate in 2007, I am one of the most ranking Senators in the incoming 10th Assembly,” he said.
He said he had also served as chairman of various committees, including:Rules and Business, Local and Foreign Debts, Housing, Gas, Foreign Affairs and Sports Development among others.
Izunaso added that he sponsored many bills and led debates during plenary sessions.
He noted that with the incoming presidency of President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect Sen. Kashim Shettima, the two top-most political offices in Nigeria had been taken by the South-West and North-East.
“Political expediency, quest for national stability and cohesion dictate that the number three political position and the head of the Legislative arm of Government should go to the South-East.
“And I am the most qualified and ranking Senator to take up that position and I have been consulting and meeting with critical party stakeholders, including my state governor on this,” he said.
He added that he had also been meeting with other governors from the zone and had been receiving calls from stakeholders both within and outside his party urging him on.
He explained that the best way to douse ongoing tension, especially amongst those calling for sessetion was to have a man from the region in the top three political positions in the country.
According to him, his emergence as the President of the 10th Senate will not only help douse tension in the South-East zone, but will give its people a sense of belonging.
“Historically, the Nigeria federation has always rested on the tripod of three dominant ethnic groups of Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo.
“Under the current political dispensation, the Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani which now include Kanuri have produced the President and the Vice-President.
“Having not produced the president of the country since independence except for the six months stint of Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi as Military Head of State in 1966.
“The intense Igbo sentiment against political exclusion and marginalisation in Nigeria is justified,” Izunaso said, adding that this could be addressed if the South-East produced the President of the 10th Senate.
He said the development would ensure inclusiveness and help arrest the agitation for Biafra in the South-East, especially among young people who had been misled by IPOB activities and other separatist movements.
“To dilute this equation needs a strong Igbo patriot who will also be a Christian. The South-South geopolitical Zone has served as Vice-President and President for a combined period of eight years since return of civil rule in Nigeria in 1999.
“The North-West has produced President twice with late President Umaru Yar’adua and outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari ditto for North-East that produced a Vice-President in person of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from 1999-2007.
“The North-East has again retained the Vice-Presidency. The most disadvantaged geopolitical zone in Nigeria since 1960 remains the South-East, ” he said, adding that the 10th Senate gives us the opportunity to address the situation(https://newsatlarge.ng)