A professional-Igbo group inside the All Progressives Congress (APC), South-East Renaissance has referred to as on the management of the social gathering to not zone the place of Speaker of the Home of Representatives to the southwest geopolitical zone.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, Convener of the group, Hon Chris Onyemechara stated having taken the place of the vice chairman, it might quantity to avarice for the zone to nonetheless present curiosity within the management of the Inexperienced Chamber.
Onyemechara claimed the smart factor the APC and the Presidency ought to do was to zone the place of Speaker to the South-east.
He stated: ”From established political norms and antecedents, within the spirit of pure justice and fairness, what we thought our social gathering would have naturally bequeathed us the Senate Presidency or the Speakership of the Home of Representatives however they’re now topics of political rivalry and controversy.
“Nevertheless, now that the social gathering, in its knowledge, has determined to zone the Senate President place to the North-East, we strongly imagine that the simply and equitable factor for our social gathering to do, is to zone the Speakership of the Home of Representatives to the South-East. As an alternative, what we see are with out sense of justice which distorts the sample of honest sharing as meant by the Federal Character clause in our structure.
“A state of affairs the place the identical geopolitical zone which produced the Vice President of the nation and the Nationwide chief of our social gathering, is seen scheming and demanding, with a bloated sense of entitlement, the Speakership of the Home of Representatives, smacks of political avarice, brazen injustice and grave disservice to good conscience.”
It additional claimed that a few years after the civil struggle, “the South-East and certainly the previous jap area comprising the lgbo, ltsekiri, lbibio, Tiv, Idoma, Jukun and plenty of others are nonetheless confronted with rejection, denials, deprivations and exclusion, of political and socio-economic ramifications.
“Regrettably, this state of affairs continues to gas and amplify the voice of few of our agitating brothers who purport to hunt the tip of the union, within the absence of equity and justice”.
The group additional famous that the erstwhile ruling social gathering, the Peoples Democratic Get together, (PDP) was honest to the south east.
“Leaders of our nice social gathering, the APC, at all times surprise why the folks of the South-East pander to the peoples Democratic Get together PDP at all times, however the reply stares us within the face.
“The PDP was not based by an Igbo man, it’s not a South-Jap social gathering nevertheless it provided the lgbo man Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker, IGP, Defence Chief, ambassadors and really senior ministers. Think about the multiplier impact throughout the South-East and it turns into simply pure that they may pander to the social gathering that embraced and included them within the scheme of issues. It additionally makes it simpler for these high functionaries of the PDP to persuade and steer their folks to supporting the social gathering in each electioneering interval.”
“However in our case we’re left to swim towards the tide. Our assurances to our those who the APC imply properly for our folks and are keen to combine us into the mainstream at all times fall flat on its face due to the perspective of our social gathering to the area.
“In 2015, the APC denied the South-East principal workplace positions within the Nationwide Meeting on the bottom that we didn’t have a rating member beneath the APC.
“4 years after, we’ve produced two rating members and now our social gathering appears set to shift the aim submit once more.”
Different signatories to the assertion have been Prince Magnus Okeke, Chukwukadibia Kalu, Collins Ohagwam, Ozochi Mmadi, Chikwelu Nnabuife and Ozobia Ifeanyi.