The former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said he is not backing down from the contest to be the deputy senate president in the 9th assembly.
Backstory: He stated this while speaking to pressmen on Monday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa.
- “I am going to be contesting on the floor of the Senate. I am waiting for the party to zone it and if the party continues to hold it, and do not zone it, I will contest.”
- “I have already endorsed Ahmad Lawan as the Senate President. That is sacrosanct. I am appealing to the other parties, let us have only one candidate in the Senate instead of going to drag about it.”
Kalu revealed that Lawan now has up to 56 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators behind him:
- “So, we are on course, yesterday (Sunday), when I returned from Venezuela, Ahmad Lawan was with me in the house and I became the 56th APC senator to endorse him.”
- He added, “58 senators are going to be signing in and we have the majority to make him Senate President.”
Bottom Line: Uzor Kalu is certain that the South-East will be favored if the APC zones the position of the deputy senate president. However, he is a first term senator, and usually these positions are given to ranking senators who are already conversant with the assembly’s protocols.
- There are also reports that the National Chairman of the Party is interested in having the position filled by a Senator from his home state of Edo. The decision will be made soon, with the inauguration of the 9th Senate just around the corner.