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Senate Presidency : S/East coalition pushes for Kalu, urges Tinubu to use position to reintegrate zone

A coalition of age-long patriots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) known as South-East Grassroots Ambassadors has called on the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, to consider an all-inclusive united Nigeria under his administration.

This is also as the coalition requested the support of the President-elect to ensure that the position of Senate President is zoned to the South-east region for the sake of equity.

The South-East Grassroots Ambassadors made this call in a letter to Tinubu and signed by Ilokolobia Cornel Chukwugozie, Coordinator, South East Grassroots Ambassadors and 2023 APC vandidate for Anambra State House of Assembly, Dunukofia Constituency.

The coalition speaking through its Coordinator, Chukwugozie felicitated with President-elect for his emergence as winner of 2023 presidential election.

The group, in the letter, however, called on Tinubu to ensure the emergence of Senator Orji Kalu as Senate President in the 10th National Assembly, saying that such development would reintegrate South-East into the governance of the country.

The letter read in parts: “May I, first of all, congratulate you on your resounding and assured victory at the polls. Your mandate is no doubt a predestined divine project whose time has come and it has manifested fully. Congratulations, sir. We urge you to go ahead and usher Nigerians into the Renewed Hope era.

“South-East Grassroots Ambassadors is a coalition of age- long patriots of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South-East, Nigeria. This coalition is made of team: #IstandwithBuhari, #IstandwithNigeriaforTinubu and APC State Houses of Assembly Candidates from five South-East States.

“As Patriots of the All Progressives Congress, APC, we were in the fore front for the birth of President Buhari’s administration in 2015. With many other South Easterners, we voted for President Buhari in 2015, although some overzealous South- East politicians in the then Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, in conveyance with INEC, shortchanged us and wrote the results against our will and votes.

“We didn’t relent despite the unencouraging effects of the 2015 election results against us, we stood strongly in support of President Buhari.

“Later in 2016, I, as the South-East Coordinator of #IstandwithBuhari Movement, hosted One Million-Man Match for President Buhari in Awka, to welcome him back from UK after his six months medical trip.

“In furtherance of our commitment to the All Progressives Congress, APC, we metaphorsed into #IstandwithNigeriaforTinubu in 2022.

“Again in South- East, in collaboration with APC State Houses of Assembly Candidates in the zone, championed your election and secured for Nigeria, a mandate we believe in. We are very proud of our party, the APC and our President-elect, our Renewed Hope for a better Nigeria.

“Mr President-elect, on the premise that your administration will surely keep Nigeria united above tribal sentiments, we are requesting you to support the emergence of a Senate President from South-East. We are of the firm believe that there is strong need to bring the South Easterners to the table of national dialogue.

“The continued cry of marginalisation by the people of South-East cannot be swept under the carpet. These cries are obvious and need to be attended to.

“Your Excellency, kindly recall your recent call for national integration, and your insistence that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and see reason to aid South-East to produce the next Senate President.

“Clearly, Your Excellency, when a strong political leader from South- East becomes the Senate President, the Senate President will lead other South Easterners to the ruling party and ensure that every opposition in the South-East is weakened. Today, South Easterners are the loudest voices in the opposition to the ruling party, but a position of a Senate President will bury all opposition from the zone, including the noisy ‘Obidents”.

“Your Excellency, there is a South- East man, your own age-long friend and colleague in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum of 1999 to 2007. He is Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the current Senate Chief Whip, who is a grounded political leader from South-East with a zeal and the capacity to lead Nigeria Senate and as well bring in South Easterners to the ruling party. We, the South-East Grassroots Ambassadors can assure you that Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is the man who is worth your trust and support. In Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, you will find a fellow compatriot to bring to Nigerians, the Renewed Hope era, and keep Nigeria united under your watch as president.

“We, therefore, request Your Excellency to graciously grant support for a emergence of the next Senate President from South-East and to support Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to be Nigeria’s Senate President in the 10th Senate”.

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