Segun Babatunde, Bauchi
Arewa Youths for the Sustenance of Democracy and Good Governance (AYSDGG)
have drummed support for the candidacy of Senator Osita Bonaventure Izunaso as Best prepared candidate to serve as the 10th Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The group solicited the support of the President – elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President – elect, Senator Kashim Shettima and all other stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress(APC) to zone the seat of the 10th Senate to the South East for fairness and justice and to give a sense of belonging to every part of the country, because the President and Vice President come from the South West and North East respectively.
National President of the group, Alhaji Salihu Magaji who made the call Monday in Bauchi, at a press conference, said that “Senator Osita Bonaventure Izunaso from the South East region has all it takes to become the number three citizen,he can salvage the fortune of the Green Chamber of the 10th National Assembly.
The Chairman said that “Isunazo possessed all the essential qualities needed to lead the Green Chamber considering his antecedent as a businessman, politician, lawyer and what Nigerians should do as a nation is to support and to vote for the emergence of Senator Osita Izunaso as the elected senator for Imo West senatorial district, for the 10th Senate”.
According to him, “APC is the majority party of the 10th Senate and by the principle of Federal character and Political position balancing, for reasons of Equity, South East is meant to produce Senate President.
“The race has therefore narrowed down to the two ranking senators, Senator Osita Izunaso whose leadership qualities is above all other interested aspirants.We don’t undermine the capacity of other aspirants but Izunaso is a Political rhinoceros of Eastern region, whose penchant for nourishing strategic relationship across the Savannah belts of the country is clearly manifest, we make bold to state that Senator Osita Izunaso is well packaged for the plum job. He deserves the support of all, including all other aspirants”.
“Izunaso therefore has significant network with the same creme de la cremé of the Political class. Added to that is his strategic role as National organising secretary of APC, which placed him in the limelight within the APC strategic core,He is a legal practitioner, Consultant, a philanthropist , Political administrator, season Journalist and old ranking senator from the South East since 2007 who served in over 15 different position in the APC”.
Magaji said “The president-elect is known for right placement of people with qualifications in strategic positions. He is known for promoting, placing square pegs in square holes and therefore will not like to use the position of senate president to allocate as compensation for someone only on grounds of being a Political crony, we believe he will put the interest of the country above all other interest and look at the credentials of Distinguisged Senator Osita Izunaso who has a litany of Qualifications.
Magaji said Senator Osita Izunaso “is an answer to the question that was put up in 2015, which inquired about Igbo legislator in the national Assembly with ranking grade and of the majority party extraction, where none was found. Now he has all the requirements and acceptability and therefore his support to assume the position of senate president is a call for placement of square peg in square hole” .
He said the development, achievement and legacies of Senator Isunazo cannot be over-emphasised as his presence is felt virtually in all parts of the country.
The group believes that Isunazo is one leader who embraces every Nigerian irrespective of tribe or religion; region or ethnicity, adding that Isunazo’s beliefs are for unity and progress of the country.
The group also called on National Assembly members to rally around support for the candidacy of Izunaso to emerge victorious.