President Muhammadu Buhari met with Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, who is now a senator-elect and believes the South-East should lead the Senate.
Umahi told Buhari of his intention to the President of the 10th Senate during their meeting.
The Governor made the case that the South-East contributed significantly to the election success of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and that it is important to support all regions of the nation.
Governor Umahi said that he has sufficient leadership experience in the public sector as a two-term governor and the private sector as a businessman to head the 10th Senate. He also stated that the ranking problem cannot supersede the nation’s Constitution, which guarantees equal rights to all citizens.
He urged the All Progressives Congress, the party in power, to preserve “justice, equity, and fairness” while allocating the major posts of the 10th National Assembly, warning the party against selecting its candidate only based on vote donations.
“If you say the South-East did not massively vote for APC, at least the South-East massively defended that APC should not be out-voted,” he said in a statement to State House reporters after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa. This is crucial.
Only 48 hours had passed since Godswill Akpabio and Abdul’Aziz Yari, two other Senate candidates running for President, visited Buhari to announce their intentions to fill the nation’s third-highest office.