Senator Rochas Okorocha has called for the reduction of lawmakers from 109 to 36 .
NEWS MAIL NG reports that Okrocha who represents Imo-West said it is better for each state to have one senator.
He made this known to members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) during an interactive session on Monday tagged “Conversation with Owelle @ 59”, organized by Abuja council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, to celebrate his 59th birthday.
“We are too many, and what is it that three senators can do in a state that one senator cannot do? I have asked this question, but nobody answered me; emotions drive this country rather than issues.
“Remember, I said let us have one senator per state, and it raised a lot of controversy in the whole country. But, shortly after, I talked about that Italy reduced the number of their senators by 60 per cent just as if they copied from me.
“You know Nigeria will like to maintain the old way, but if you keep doing things the same old way, you keep getting the same old result, so we must try something new.”
Moving on, the former Governor of Imo State also said All Progressive Congress, APC, must zone the presidential ticket in 2023 to the South to avoid division in the party.
In his words, “There’s no justification for APC zoning the Presidency away from the South. If zoned to the North, it will polarize the party. When I took the All Progressives Grand Alliance to the APC for the South- East to be in mainstream politics, I was called many names.
“We should develop national spirit, that high spiritual elevation above personal convictions. It protects the indigent and weak in the society. I see positive and new things to come in Nigeria with such spirit. I agree with Southern Governors on the Southern Presidency.
“In 1999 – 2007, the Presidency was in the South; 2007 to 2010, the Presidency was in the North; 2010 to 2015, the Presidency was in the South and now 2015 to 2023 the Presidency is in the North. After this, it is normal and natural for it to return to the South.”
He also called on the federal government to seek a political solution and an out-of-court settlement on the issue of the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.