*As Ohanaeze rejects arrangements
BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA – AHEAD of the composition of the Executive Council of the Federation and the leadership of the National Assembly, traditional rulers from the South East zone will meet in Enugu as part of moves to review the situation, take far-reaching decisions and come up with a position.
Confirming the meeting, chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, said: “Yes, we shall meet in Enugu to discuss the issue and take a stand. I shall be able to react and tell you our position on the matter after the meeting.”
Meanwhile, the Political Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected the zoning of political offices which clearly schemed out the South East from mainstream political decision making offices.
Speaking on the development Sunday, Ohanaeze Political Committee chairman and former governor of Anambra State, Okwadike Chukwuemeka Ezeife, who expressed serious disgust over the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to scheme out the zone from the main stream administration of the country, stressed that it was painful and totally unacceptable by the people.
Ezeife, who noted that Ndigbo will not forget in a hurry what they were currently being made to go through to get a position that rightly belongs to them, however, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, prevail on the PDP as the leader and elected members of the National Assembly to do what was right in the interest of the country.
According to him, the zone does not deserve the kind of treatment where the offices of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Deputy Senate President were zoned to it, despite the overwhelming support it gave to President Goodluck Jonathan, even when it was being said that Ndigbo would be used and dumped.
“It is true that the entire Ndigbo voted for Jonathan without attaching conditions to it, but that is not enough to deny Ndigbo what rightly belongs to the zone,” he said.
The former governor said that if political history of the country was not forgotten in a jiffy, then, the South East ought not to lobby other parts of the country for a consensus to be arrived at for the zone to produce the next President of the Senate.
“If we are magnanimous again to concede this position to other zones, not because we do not have capable Senators to occupy the position but to again demonstrate utmost good faith in the progress of the country, then, the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives should be given to us without any further negotiation,” Ezeife said.
South-East Reps caucus condemns zoning
In a related development, House of Representatives members from the South East met on Saturday at the National Assembly, even as they condemned the PDP zoning formula and resolved that their quest for the speaker of the House of Representatives and election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu to continue to serve as Deputy Senate President to Senator David Mark remains the only justifiable political decision to take.