- Senator-elect Orji Uzor Kalu has pleaded with the federal govt to give the deputy Senate president slot to the south-east
- The incoming lawmaker said zoning the deputy Senate president position to the south-east will be in line with the Nigeria’s diversity
-Kalu urged the APC to zone the position of the deputy Senate president to the south-east so that he doesn’t go to contest out of zone
Orji Uzor Kalu, the senator-elect for Abia North, has pleaded with the federal government to zone to the south-east, the position of deputy Senate president in the ninth National Assembly.
The former governor made the appeal during the ongoing induction of senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Kalu asserted that zoning the deputy Senate president position to the south-east will be in line with the Nigeria’s diversity, which he described as the beauty of the country.
According to Kalu, as a party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) should look at diversity, because “diversity is our strength.”
He said: “I am a very loyal party man. The party has already zoned the position of Senate president. I can never disobey the party. The party is supreme.
“What I am asking the party is to zone the deputy Senate president to the south-east, so that I will not disobey the party by going on the floor of the House, which I have the capacity, if I am allowed to do that.
“What I am asking the party as they have zoned this position of Senate president to north-east, they should as well zone the position of the deputy Senate president to south-east so that I don’t go to contest out of zone.
“I can contest against whoever comes from the south-east or the caucus of the south-east can go back and decide what the part wants within the south-east.
“What I am pleading with the leaders of the National Working Committee and other leaders, let us not divide this party. All of us are loyal to the country. We are loyal to the constitution. We are also loyal to our party.
“I want that loyalty to continue, so that none of us will deviate from what the party (sic).”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Senator-elect Orji Uzor Kalu said he is hell-bent on contesting for the position of the deputy Senate president when the ninth National Assembly is inaugurated in June, irrespective of the APC's decision.
Kalu said in part: "The party has zoned the Senate presidency to the north-east. I am bound to respect the party’s wish.
“The second position is what we will not allow the party. As far as I am concerned, in the south-east, I am going to run openly on the floor for the deputy Senate president.”
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