A former Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Jonathan Zwingina, has reminded the South-East region that it dominated over 90% of the economy during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and no one complained.
Zwingina stated this in an interview during a television programme yesterday, while insisting that the South-East zone will not get the presidency on a platter of gold.
According to him, the region should not sit back and expect the political parties such as the All Progressives Congress, (APC), to zone the country’s number one seat to them; however, their elites must engage in discussion with the political elites from other zones.
The lawmakers pointed out that the South-East region was not the only one left to produce the president, insisting that while the region had even produced the country’s leaders once in its history, the North-Central has not had the chance at all.
According to him, “Fairness and justice require that North East should have; although they had the prime minister at that time, they too should have. I can tell you that fairness and justice are not just for the South-East.
“They’re talking about their rights but North Central has not had anything at all… what I’m saying is all the rights of people who want representation in government are valid. But we have to look at certain representations.
“Under the administration of President Jonathan, the dominant zone in that government was the SouthjEast. They practically dominated ninety percent of the economy completely, and people did not complain.
“It was their right to do that, because some of them were competent and were appointed into government positions; what the South-East should do is that their elites should engage in discussion with the elites from the other regions with the respect to the need for them to have a go at the presidency.
“But even at that, there’s no President in Nigeria, even Obasanjo, who contested based on being left alone, because he comes from a zone of preference. When Obasanjo contested, other people were not from the South-West who stood election with him”, he maintained.