The Senator representing Borno South on the platform of All Progressives Congress, Mohammad Ndume, has appealed to the national leadership of the party to zone the Senate Presidency to Borno State.
The re-elected senator, who made the plea in a chat with newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital on Tuesday, said this would ensure justice and fairness.
He added that the move would help in attracting the needed world attention towards rebuilding the state, which has been at the receiving end of the Boko Haram insurgency for years.
“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”, Ndume said.
Sen. Ndume noted 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, Borno and Yobe had never been considered”, he argued.
He said it was unfair for some senators in the North Central zone to aspire to the office of senate president.
“The North Central zone had had its share as the current senate president is from the zone. I think the North East deserves the seat this time around”, Ndume said.
He also appealed to the military to redouble efforts in searching for the 219 female students abducted by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in April 2014
“We believe that the girls are kept somewhere alive by their abductors. The military must strive hard to rescue them to end the agony of their parents and the abductees”, Ndume said.