The clamour by the Southeast and former Abia State governor and currently a senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu, to have the 9th Senate Deputy President come from the zone has suffered a heavy blow.
This is especially as the national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has officially announced its adoption of Ovie Omo-Agege, a Senator from the South-south for the position.
The party also announced Muhammed Idris Wase as its choice for Deputy Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
Groups from the Southeast and Kalu had constantly warned the APC not to neglect the zone in Nigeria’s leadership equation.
Kalu, who is contesting for the position of Deputy Senate President, had recently argued that since the national chairman of the APC is from the South-south the party should do the needful and allow the Southeast produce the Deputy Senate President.
However, the APC in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Sunday explained why it adopted the Delta Central Senator, Omo-Agege, and Idris Wase, as Deputy Senate President, and Deputy Speaker respectively.
The statement read: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of APC held emergency meetings Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 of June 2019.
“The party formally adopts Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the positions of Deputy Senate President and Hon. Muhammed Idris Wase as Deputy Speaker. This is sequel to wide consultations with President Muhammadu Buhari, party stakeholders, including APC governors.”
APC had since adopted Ahmed Lawan (North East) for Senate President, and Femi Gbajabiamila (South West) for House of Representatives Speaker.
Both chambers of the National Assembly will by Tuesday (tomorrow) elect their leaders for the 9th assembly.