BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—National Vice- Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-East, Chief Olisa Metu, Sunday, said the zone was now politically- mature to think of removing any top political office holder from the zone when viewed from what it suffered when the office of the Senate President was allocated to the South-East.
Metu also said there was no plot to remove the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, from his present position.
In a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, Metu said: “The South-East, as a geo-political zone, wish to categorically state there was no such plot to remove Chief Anyim from office as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.”
He stated that the zone had come of age as to warrant a repeat of what happened when the office of the Senate President was zoned to it in the past.
Metu said:“We are no longer divided by individual ambition. Chief Anyim was unanimously chosen as SGF from the zone and he has so far continued to enjoy the support and confidence of the South-East geo-political zone and we are also proud of his leadership qualities as SGF.”
Metu, who expressed the zone’s vote of confidence on Anyim, stressed that the SGF, though from the South-East should be seen as a Nigerian offering qualitative leadership and support to President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda.
The National Vice- Chairman who noted that the South-East has never been more than united as it is now, however, called on those he described as ‘political jobbers’ to stay clear and not distract Anyim as SGF, adding that the leaders will stop at nothing in ensuring the unity and integrity of the southeast.
Also, in a statement by SERG and signed by its coordinator, Willy Ezeugwu, the group noted that it was disappointing that people can engage in acts that could amount to distracting Anyim whose choice for the position of SGF was unanimously reached by the entire people of the South-East after they initially rejected the position as being inferior to other posts in the country.
According to the statement, “Anyim’s appointment was hailed across the country especially considering that a man who was once the Senate President agreed to serve in the capacity of SGF just because the people of South East nominated him and Mr. President accepted the nomination.
“When the people of the entire South East nominated Chief Anyim, it was commendable that President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the nomination and the SGF has since then served with such humility that the office is now rated positively among Nigerians. This is why it is troubling to discover that there are people who are bent on distracting this humble man in the performance of his duties.”