There is a widespread belief that if Sen. Chris Ngige had won re-election into the senate, he would be the front-runner to succeed David Mark as senate president. As a South-Easterner, Ngige would easily get that slot especially as it seems like the South East is losing out on most of the top political offices in the country.
Unfortunately for Ngige, he was beaten at the polls by Uche Ekwunife, a member of the House of Representatives, who was the PDP standard bearer in the election.
On Thursday, Ekwunife alleged that she is under serious pressure from Igbo elders to renounce her mandate for Senator Chris Ngige so that a senator from that part of the country can occupy the office of senate president.
She however said that her stepping down for anyone was never going to happen.
She said, “Yes, there has been immense pressure from various quarters in the Anambra Central Senatorial zone and by extension, Anambra State, on me to renounce the popular mandate given to me by the people of the senatorial district for somebody (Ngige) I defeated flatly for reasons of power sharing they are not even sure of.
“Even if they are sure of whatever position they want the person they are pressurising me to step down for, I will never take that from them because the mandate, as far as I am concerned, is far, far bigger than being sacrificed on the altar of power sharing.”