We Want Senate Presidency, SGF, South-East APC Tells Tinubu

We Want Senate Presidency, SGF, South-East APC Tells Tinubu
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The South-East zone caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted its sights to the positions of Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) if the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, wins the 2023 general elections.

The development was made known by a top party chieftain in the South-East, who who preferred not to be named.

The source revealed that when Tinubu comes back to the country, a group would meet with him and present their demands.

‘If the South-West has the presidency while both the North-West and North-East are still negotiating for running mate, it is only fair to allow the South-East take the senate presidency and SGF,’ he said.

When contacted, Deputy National Chairman (South) and former South-East chairman of the party, Emmanuel Enekwu, denied having knowledge of any agitation for senate presidency or SGF from his region.

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He said, ‘I have no knowledge of such demands. The APC has not started allocating offices to any region or persons. Our interest is how to win elections because you can’t share offices without winning elections.

‘We have a presidential candidate that demands that all hands must be on deck. Nobody enjoys any booty or loot before the war. That can only happen after the hostility ends.

But when reminded that sources have confirmed that negotiations were ongoing by top APC chieftains from the South-East region, Enekwu said such a move could not be ruled out.

The South-East APC chairman, Dr Ijeomah Arodiogbu, also said, ‘I cannot say I am unaware the zone desires some inclusiveness in the incoming administration. However, I have not been consulted on the exact position they are looking at. I believe that the incoming president will be fair enough to consider the zone for some arrangements but we have not asked for the specific positions.’

On whether Tinubu had met with South-East leaders and stakeholders lately, the South-East chairman said he met with the zonal caucus of the party.

He added, ‘That was shortly after the primary. He met with the South-East caucus, ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State. He (Tinubu) consulted with us and pleaded for our support at the 2023 general elections.

‘We assured him that he will receive our maximum support in our zone. We had a very robust conversation with him. But we didn’t go as far as asking for any specific positions. I believe he knows the right thing to do.’

When asked on APC chances of pulling votes from the South East, he said the party had a firm support base in the zone.

‘We cannot also rule out the fact that (Peter) Obi (of the Labour Party) is making a lot of publicity. Our chances are bright and will further be enhanced once Obi split the PDP votes. It won’t diminish our votes,’ he added.

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