Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
A Chieftain off All Progresses Congress (APC) in Imo State, Mr Uchenna Ogbonna yesterday urged President Muhammadu Bu- hari to appoint the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) from the South-East.
Ogbonna, who made the call in a chat with journalists in Owerri, said appointing SGF from the zone would further strengthen the party in SouthEast zone.
Ogbonna, who is the leader of Imo State chapter of the APC in Dallas, Texas, United States, blamed the near abysmal performance of APC in South-East during 2015 general elections to failure of APC to zone any principal position to the zone.
“The party should consider the interest of South-East in the choice of SGF because that is the only way for the APC to further consolidate its political hold in the zone’’, he said.
According to Ogbonna, “for some people to telling Mr. President to pick SGF from other zones when in the power sharing formula of APC, the SouthEast is yet to be considered for any key position is bad
“The names of former Governors Ogbonnaya Onu, and Chris Ngige as well as Prof Anthony Anwuka have been forwarded to Presi- dent Buhari by Gov. Rochas Okorocha, he should pick from these names.
“We appeal to Mr. President to concede the position to Imo because Imo is the only state in the zone that produce APC governor and have sacrifice much for the party to be firmly rooted in the zone ’’, he said.
Ogbonna said it would be wrong if the Mr President should denial the South East the SGF position on the ground that Sen. Ike Ekwara madu emerged the deputy senate president, noting “the emergence of Ekwaramadu is not known to APC and the party is working to address that.’’
Ogbonna, from Oguta area of Imo appealed on Buhari to give attention to the oil bearing communities of the Niger Delta Area during his tenure.
He regretted that in spite the enormous resource from the areas, most oil bearing communities still lack a lot of basic amenities like electricity, roads, good schools and hospitals.