The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has declared support for the emergence of the Ebonyi state governor David Umahi, as the next Senate President for the 10th Assembly.
This was revealed in a statement issued by the Secretary General of the group, Okechukwu Isiquzoro, on Sunday.
While emphasizing the need to choose the next Senate President from the South East, Ohanaeze maintained that Umahi had demonstrated democratic tolerance without a penchant for sectional politics.
The Igbo group stated that Umahi’s achievement as governor and Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum says a lot about his capacity to handle the number three position of this country.
The statement reads: “Beyond consideration of South East for the position, the choice of the occupant of the office is more important. Nigeria currently needs politicians with spread of acceptance and without bias of religion and ethnicity.
“Umahi fits into this position. When some politicians here were pursuing selfish interests, Umahi, who is currently the Senator-elect for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone, took his people into the mainstream of Nigerian politics, as if he saw tomorrow. He has made friends across the divide; he has demonstrated tolerance for all sections and strata; so, he is the one the cap fits.
“For the interest of unity, gains of Umahi’s proven commitment to one Nigeria, infrastructure and human development, Igbo interest, as well as the need to galvanise support for our long-sought chance to have one of us stride to the presidency in the near future, we seek the support of all to enthrone Umahi as the next Senate President.”