By Vincent Ujumadu
FORMER Minister of Information and Communication and candidate for Anambra Central senatorial zone on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Professor Dora Akunyili has expressed displeasure over alleged move to zone the senate presidency to the South West geo-political zone during the next dispensation.
Speaking at Ifitedunu in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra State during the official declaration of the former senatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Christy Okoye for APGA yesterday, Prof. Akunyili said if such an arrangement was carried out, as being speculated, it would spell political doom for the people of the South East.
“I want to believe that what was said in the media was not correct, but if it is correct, it is going to be really painful because it means that the Igbos are no longer relevant in Nigeria’s political equation.
“If we are not president, we are not vice president, we are not senate president and we are not speaker, where are we?” Akunyili queried.
She said this time around, the people of the South East would stand up against such humiliation and neglect.
“It has happened before and I believe this time around, it should not happen, if we really believe in one Nigeria,” Akunyili said.
The former minister also urged women in Anambra Central to register in the ongoing voters’ registration, arguing that if the people registered, it would help the state in their ongoing census tribunal.
Also speaking during the declaration, her Anambra North senatorial zone counterpart in the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Joy Emodi said the people of the zone should ensure they got registered to be able to get a reasonable number of voters in the April general elections.
Emodi assured the people that their votes would count this time around, adding that the era of falsifying results was gone.
In her own speech, Mrs. Christy Okoye that her decision to join APGA was informed by the passion she had for women and development of her state.
She also said she joined the party to contribute her own quota to the development of Anambra State, adding that she was out to support all women candidates in the April general election.
“I organized this function to gather all the women who are contesting for different political positions in the party to come together to form a formidable force so as to move the state forward,” she said.