- Orji Uzor Kalu said the APC has zoned the Senate president position to the northeast
- Kalu disclosed this while indicating his interest in the position of deputy Senate president
- The party chieftain said he is qualified for the position having being a former member of the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993 and also a two-time governor
A former Abia governor, Orji Uzor Kalu on Wednesday, March 27, indicated interest to contest for the position of the deputy Senate president in the soon to be constituted 9th National Assembly.
Kalu also wants the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the position to the southeast in the interest of equity and justice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Abia north senator-elect made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
He said he was aware that APC, which had the majority in the Senate, had zoned the Senate president position to the northeast and the deputy Senate president to the northwest.
Kalu said: “I am a very loyal party man. The party has zoned the Senate presidency position to the northeast and I want to respect the party’s will but the second position is what we are not going to allow to leave the southeast.
“So, as far as I am concerned, in the southeast, I am going to run openly on the floor of the House for the position of deputy Senate president.
“I am not going to listen to the party neither will I listen to anybody. Nobody that wants to be the deputy Senate president is more loyal than I am to the party.
“I have suffered for the party and have been called by Nigerians to come out. I want the party to respect the will of every other person and I am committed to democracy and contesting on the floor of the House.
"Article 50 of the constitution and Article One of the constitution make it clear that the members of the National Assembly in-House can elect their principal officers.
"So, if justice must prevail, you have to bring Senate president from the northeast and you bring the deputy Senate president to the southeast.
“The chairman of the party is from southsouth. The president is from northwest. The vice-president is from southwest and also the Senate president will come from northeast.
"Whether it is Senators Ahmed Lawal or Alli Ndume, this will be decided on the floor of the House. So, for me, the tripod in Nigeria is Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa and we are going to get the deputy senate president and I will fight on the floor of the House like no other person has fought.
“That is not challenging the party but this is about looking for justice. Buhari said recently after the elections that he will be addressing issues of injustice and this is part of the issue."
He maintained he was qualified for the position having being a former member of the Federal House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993 and also a two-time governor.
He, however, warned that he would be forced to contest for the position of the Senate president if the APC failed to do the needful.
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According to him, “I have the capacity for lobbying. I am well known in east, west and north. If the party continues this way, I will run for the Senate President if justice is not done to say South-East bring the Deputy Senate President.
“I can assure you that there are over 56 Senators in my kitty now for either the Senate President or the deputy Senate president that have already signed to what I believe in. It is only just to unveil it on the floor of the House."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Orji Uzor Kalu had been declared winner of the Abia North senatorial election.
The returning officer for the senatorial election, Charles Anumodu, on Sunday, February 24, declared Kalu winner.
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