The former chairman Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Chief Osita Okereke has urged the leadership of the Senate to as a matter of urgency appoint Senator Ben uwajimogu who is a ranking Senator from South East geo-political zone the Chief Whip of the upper legislative chamber for effective representation and legislation.
Chief Okereke made his position known to newsmen in Abuja during an interview.
The ex IPAC leader who was a two time former presidential candidate in the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections noted that the South East geo-political zone should not be made to pay for what it never bargained for by the subsisting vacancy.
According to him, “the office of the Chief Whip is not a personal office that should be viewed from a personal point of view. The office has been zoned to the South-East geo political zone by the current leadership of the Senate and there should be no vacuum.”
He argued that with the immediate appointment of a vibrant, experienced and senior ranking legislator like Senator Uwajimogu for the position of Senate Chief Whip, the South-East people would have several reasons to smile because of his experience and pragmatism.
The former presidential candidate noted further; “we are not unaware of what is going on regarding that office, hence our determination to push for another high ranking senator with experience from the zone to occupy the office for the benefit of the zone and its people.
“The office of the Senate chief whip is too big to exist in a vacuum; somebody must be there to represent the South-East geo-political zone”
Chief Okereke maintained that the interests of the political zone must always be represented at every given time adding that there should be no vacuum.
“We are using this medium to call on the leadership of the senate to as a matter of urgency nominate and confirm Senator Ben Uwajimogu as the new Senate Chief Whip for the interest of equity, justice and fairness.