I’m in Senate race to win, rebrand National Assembly for new Nigeria – Osita Izunaso

A frontline aspirant for the position of Senate President, Senator Osita Izunaso says his aspiration to lead the senate of the 10th National Assembly is in the best interest of the nation.

He urged the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to douse the tension generated by the controversial zoning formula already fouling the political atmosphere of the country by coming up with a zoning arrangement that would guarantee unity and national cohesion.

According to Senator Izunaso, the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari and APC under the leadership of Senator Adamu Abdulahi, should as a matter of importance come up with a new zoning arrangement that would not only produce the best among the senators and House of Representatives members-elect as their presiding officers, but be seen by Nigerians and the world at large as meeting the best practices in legislative norms and satisfying the political exigencies of the present Nigeria

Izunaso, who spoke during a parley with media executives in his campaign office at The Destination, Abuja said that the expectations of Nigeria and the entire world were high on the incoming administration and that no efforts should be spared by the present political leaders in meeting the yearnings of the people.

The journalist cum lawyer ranking senator-elect from Imo West Senatorial District, Imo State said he agreed with the position of the National Working Committee on the need for “further and better consultations” by all the necessary stakeholders of the party in reaching a workable zoning formula for the principal offices of the National Assembly.

The APC NWC had in a press statement of Tuesday said inter-alia: “The NWC noted with respect the outcome of the meetings held between the President-elect and the leadership of the NWC. The NWC called for further and better consultation with necessary stakeholders in order to assure the support of the aspirants to the National Assembly leadership positions and members of the party nationwide”.

From the statement, Senator Izunaso explained that the NWC was ostensibly now satisfied with the zoning arrangement that allocated two major principal offices to a particular region and micro zoned all the four major offices in the National Assembly to individuals rather than zones as in the normal practice.

He stated that the expectant ascendance of the undisputable greatest democrat and the most successful politician in Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the presidency of the most populous black nation in the world had already raised the hope of a better and greater Nigeria in all aspects, particularly in the enhancement of democracy and good governance, across the globe.

The Senator, who declared to the media executives that he was in the race to win the senate presidency and give the National Assembly a “clean and fresh breadth” expressed optimism that he would eventually triumph at the election and make the new President, senators, members of the House of Representatives and the entire nation proud of an Assembly administered by competence, experience, capacity and integrity, comparable, if not better than any in the advanced world.

He noted that the outcry, protests, gang-ups that erupted following the informal and formal announcement of the provocative formula showed that the arrangements were not satisfactory to the overwhelming majority of the newly elected legislators and Nigerians generally adding that it should therefore be discarded without any further delay.

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