Senator-elect and former governor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has endorsed the candidature of the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, for the position of the Senate President in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
Kalu endorsed the Yobe senator when the latter visited him in his Abuja home to seek his support ahead of the election.
Kalu who traced his relationship with Lawan back to their school days as room mates at the University of Maiduguri, urged Lawan to lead the 9th Senate well if elected.
He further said having lived with Lawan in the same room for more than a year, he saw nothing bad in endorsing his ambition to become the Senate president.
“Honestly, I don’t see why I should leave Lawan. You know many years ago, he was my room mate in the University of Maiduguri and we lived in the same room for almost one and half years and I don’t see why I will not go with him,” he said.
Aside his endorsement of Lawan, Kalu also said the Senate Leader is also the choice of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“All our governors that are very vibrant are also endorsing him. The Progressive Governors’ Forum have endorsed him, so who am I? I am just one senator from Abia state. So, I am sure all our ministers have also endorsed him.
“My advice is for him to lead well and remember the senators. If there is a disagreement between the Senate and anyone, the Senate must take precedent. And this is what I expect him to do and the Senate is a sacred place.
“So, he should handle his colleagues very well and know that his colleagues are his colleagues. We have no problem by saying that we support him and this is sincerely from our hearts. The ministers of the south-east have advised me also that I should come openly and support him,” Kalu disclosed.
Regarding the duo of Senators Danjuma Goje and Ali Ndume who are also in the race, Kalu urged them to return to the discussion table to confer as a family.
“My advice is that they should come back and let us discuss as a family. It is only one person that will be Senate President,” the senator-elect said.
Also speaking, the minister of labour and productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, said the entire south-east APC is behind the ambition of Senator Lawan.
Ngige further said a committee had been set up after its meeting in Enugu to ensure that the south-east had a fair share in the principal officers of the Senate.
Meanwhile, there are fears that the inauguration of the 9th Senate may be disrupted by hired thugs due to the disagreement over the voting pattern to be adopted in the election of presiding officers.
Opposing camps are said to be flexing muscles and spoiling for war following a disagreement over the voting pattern to be adopted.
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