Mohammed Ndume, a Borno State senator who won re-election March 28, has appealed to the All Progressives Congress to zone the Senate Presidency to his state.
Mr. Ndume, who made the call in Maiduguri on Tuesday, said this would ensure justice and fairness.
He said the gesture would help in drawing the needed world attention towards rebuilding the state which had suffered years of Boko Haram insurgency.
“I think that the North East deserves to get the Senate President slot because the region has suffered years of neglect from previous administrations in the country.
“Borno in particular is most suited because it has suffered years of marginalization,” Mr. Ndume said.
He said representatives from the state had not been considered for positions in the National Assembly since 1999.
“We have not been fortunate to preside over any office at the National Assembly since the return of democracy in 1999.
“Although Gombe got the slot of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives some time, Borno and Yobe had never been considered,” Mr. Ndume said.
He said it was unfair for some senators in the North Central zone to aspire to the office of senate president.
“The North Central zone had had its share as the current senate president is from the zone. I think the North East deserves the seat this time around,” Mr. Ndume said.
He appealed to the military to double its efforts in searching for the 219 female students abducted by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in 2014.
“We believe that the girls are kept somewhere alive by their abductors. The military must strive hard to rescue them to end the agony of their parents and the abductees,” the senator said