– Min. for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has supported the Igbos quest for Senate President
– The Minister went ahead to list two Senators who are from the southeastern part of the country and should be considered
With the current Senate Pres., Bukola Saraki being unable to win his re-election bid in Kwara state during the 2019 Presidential And National Assembly, the race for who would become the third most powerful person in the country ‘Senate President’ has began.
However, there have been various calls that the next Senate President should come from the South Eastern part of the country i.e the Senator should be an Igbo.
In a show of support to the Igbos quest, Nigerian Min. of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has thrown his weight behind nominating a Senator from the South East as the next Senate President of the country.
Chris Ngige in his statement mention two Senators who are from the South East and should be considered for the post and they are Ben Uwajimogu and Orji Uzor Kalu.
The Min. of Labour and Employment in his statement said: “We have those that are ranking now. We have Ben Uwajimogu, he is now a two-term Senator, he is coming back from the ruling party.
“We have Dr Orji Uzor Kalu. Orji Uzor Kalu was a Federal Assembly legislator during the military regime, it’s counted, because it was a National Assembly, so he has got some ranking.
“Therefore, Orji Uzor Kalu is also qualified. Okorocha’s case will be determined before then.
“We now have some senators unlike the last time when we had zero non-party senator coming from the Southeast. There was nobody at all. So, the Southeast should definitely be in the equation, I mean the proportion of Senate presidency.”
He also condemned the violence that trailed the polls in some states during the 2019 General Elections.