By Dare Lawal
The Guardian newspaper is reporting that the South East geopolitical zone might lose out on the chance to produce the secretary to the government of the federation in the next dispensation.
There have been reports that the position has been zoned to the South East as the zone would not be represented in the top executive or legislative leadership positions due to the overwhelming support given to the PDP from that zone.
However the dream of an Igbo SGF is being threatened for political reasons.
According to reports, Bola Tinubu has set his sights on a one time Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, to occupy the post of SGF.
Ogbeh is from the North Central zone and the reasoning behind positioning him for the role is to ensure that Bukola Saraki who is getting some momentum in the race for the Senate presidency is stopped.
“The game plan is to block Saraki’s chances and ensure that the South West gets the position of Speaker of House of Representatives this time around. The Tinubu camp believes that given the role they played in the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as presidential candidate of APC and president-elect, it would be politically unwise not to produce one of the leaders of the two-chamber National Assembly,” a source explained To The Guardian.
According to the report:
The source added that the South East had to be traded off easily on account of the visibility the zone enjoyed during the Goodluck Jonathan presidency, pointing out that the South West leaders argued that giving the post of SGF to the South East would amount to “rewarding an absentee candidate with high marks”.
It is believed that if the plan sails through, APC must have dramatically punished the South East for giving bloc votes to President Jonathan in the last election as well as rekindled the political rivalry between South West and South East.
Prior to the present plans to shift the position of SGF away from South East, the zone had already shortlisted three candidates for the post including former national chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Ogbonaya Onu, former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige and current Secretary to the Imo State Government (SSG), Prof. Awurum.