NASS leadership: Expect more separatist agitations – Omokri

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By Francis Ugwu

A former media aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has warned the nation to be ready for more separatist agitations if it fails to allow the South-East produce Senate President.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Omokri maintained that if Nigeria must be peaceful, stable and prosperous, it
must practice power sharing.

His statement followed the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to zone the positions of the Senate President to the South-South and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the North-West for the forthcoming 10th National Assembly.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, who disclosed the party’s arrangements after its NEC meeting, said Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker were zoned to the North West and the South-East, respectively.

However, Omokri insisted that the South-East ought to have the Senate President for the sake of equity.

He said, “Yes, the Southeast has had 5 Senate Presidents since 1999, but they have never had the Presidency. The Northwest, Southwest and South-South have. The Northwest, Northeast, South-South and Southwest have also occupied the vice Presidency.

“If we want Nigeria to be peaceful, stable and prosperous, we must practice power sharing. For equity, the Southeast ought to have the Senate Presidency.

“That, and rapid infrastructural investment in the region, will make them feel part of Nigeria and loved by the rest of the country. If we do not give it to them, let us be ready for more separatist agitations.”

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