Senators elect from the south west has insisted that the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, needed Ndigbo of the South-East to succeed in his renewed hope agenda for Nigeria.
The federal lawmakers explained that excluding Igbo in the three key positions in the country might jeopardize Nigeria’s democracy.
The resolution of the senators followed speculations that the zone had already finalize plan to support a senator from the South-South in the race for Senate president.
A senator-elect, who chose to remain anonymous, said yesterday that three senators from the South-West went behind them to front the aspirant, who was not from the South-East geopolitical zone before the President-elect Tuesday night.
The senators said they have already settled for the chief whip of the senate senator orji uzor kalu(south east) representing abia south and senator sani musa (North central) representing niger east as senate president and deputy senate president respectively.
“They told the President-elect, Tuesday night, that all of us from the South-West are supporting a particular senator for Senate president but the President-elect discovered it was untrue this morning.
“As south westerners, we have good relationship with all Nigerians and these three senators cannot speak for us. They are not our leaders and cannot take South-West senators for granted. Our leader is a former governor, who is also a senator.
“For us, we have resolved to do the right thing for the country since it’s the only way Asiwaju ( President-elect) can succeed as President. We have chosen to support fairness and justice as this country is built on tripod— Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.
‘’If you exclude Igbo in the three positions in the country, you may be pushing your luck too far. We are happy that the President-elect did not listen to them because he is not petty. He likes fairness and he wants to do the right thing.
‘’The 12 senators from the South-West already have a preferred candidate. We have 11 senators and one ranking senator who have endorsed Senator Orji Uzor Kalu for President and Senator Sani Musa for Deputy Senate President.
‘’The northern senators and southern senators believe in the leadership of this two senators and there is no going back. The good news is that Asiwaju has strong character and will stand firm on his personal convictions.”