Senator 'disqualifies' Orji Kalu, others from contesting for deputy Senate president

Senator 'disqualifies' Orji Kalu, others from contesting for deputy Senate president

Senator Kabiru Gaya has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the position of the deputy Senate president of the ninth National Assembly to the north west instead of the south east or south south.

Gaya said zoning it to the west would help the APC to consolidate on the votes it got from the area.

The senator,who represents Kano South in the Senate, said this in a statement on Wednesday, June 5, in Abuja, adding that the party should not throw away six million votes in the North West.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes the senator who is aspiring for the position in the ninth Senate, said though he does not believe in dropping statistics of his colleagues behind his ambition, he has over 70% chances of emerging.

“My chances are very high, I’m sure, am not bragging, but definitely it is over 70, 80%,” he said.

Apart from Gaya, former Abia state governor and senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Senator Ovie Omoagege are some of the contestants for the position.

Gaya, a fourth time senator, argued that the party should serve those who had served it adding that the APC won the 2019 presidential election because of the person of President Muhammadu Buhari and the votes from Kano state especially.

“The reason I’m saying nobody should produce deputy Senate president rather than the north west is because we have produced six million votes, and in politics, you don’t throw away your strong hold,” he said.

The senator recalled that Kano alone, gave the party 1.4 million votes out of six million registered voters adding: “So, what we are saying is that if we could give speaker to the south west, I see no reason why we can’t get deputy Senate president in the north.

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“If we say we have the president, fine, south has the vice president, I believe it is better we consolidate on our positions now.

“If you give other zones positions, and deny north west which had the highest number of votes, that would not be good, it means you want to throw away six million."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Orji Uzor Kalu, the senator-elect for Abia North, recently pleaded with the federal government to zone the deputy Senate presidency to the south east in the ninth National Assembly.

The former governor made the appeal during the ongoing induction of senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect.

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