Senator Ali Ndume, (APC- Borno South), on Wednesday called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the Senate Presidency to the North-East.
Ndume, who was re-elected as APC Senator on March 28, made the appeal while fielding questions from newsmen in Maiduguri.
According to him, the decision would ensure justice and fairness and also help in drawing the attention of the world towards rebuilding the North-East, which had suffered from many years of Boko Haram insurgency.
He said: “I think that the North-East deserves to get the Senate President slot because the region has suffered years of neglect from previous administrations in the country.
“Borno, in particular, is most suited because it has suffered years of marginalization.’’
The Senator said that representatives from the state had not been considered for positions in the National Assembly since 1999.
“We have not been fortunate to preside over any office at the National Assembly since the return of democracy in 1999.
“Although Gombe got the slot of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives some time ago, Borno and Yobe have never been considered’’, Ndume said.
He said it was unfair for some senators in the North-Central zone to aspire to the office of senate president.
Ndume also said that the North-Central zone had had more than its fair share of the Senate President slot because the current senate president, David Mark, is from the zone.
“I think the North-East deserves the seat this time around’’, he said.