- A PDP senator-elect, Chimaroke Nnamani, has supported Orji Uzor Kalu's ambition to become deputy Senate president
- Nnamani said Kalu has the capacity to occupy the office and do well
- The former Enugu state governor also urged members of the APC and the PDP in the incoming ninth Senate to support Kalu
Former governor of Enugu state and Senator-elect for Enugu East, Chimaroke Nnamani, has backed the ex-governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, in his quest to become deputy president.
Nnamani, who was a member of the sixth Senate after serving out his two terms as governor, called on senators-elect to elect Kalu on June 11 when the ninth National Assembly will be inaugurated, The Sun reports.
He said the support for Kalu should be across political parties because the former Abia governor and senator-elect for Abia North has the capacity to occupy the office and do well.
Nnamani said having served at the same period Kalu was governor, he is in a good position to know that Kalu will do well as deputy Senate president.
He said with Kalu’s track record, he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of his duties if elected deputy Senate president.
Nnamani, therefore, appealed to members of the APC and the PDP in the incoming ninth Senate to support Kalu.
The former governor said the southeast should benefit from APC’s zoning arrangement, insisting that it would be unfair to consider having a deputy Senate president from south-south when the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is also from the zone.
In a similar development, an international business group, the Nigeria Diaspora Trade & Investment Association (NDTIA), Venezuela, has also backed Kalu’s ambition to become the deputy Senate president.
The group equally solicited the support and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for Kalu and enjoined other senators-elect from different political parties to vote for him for equity.
The NDTIA president, Pastor Daniel Onovo Stanley, and Director of Culture, Kenneth Ndaji, explained in a statement that Kalu, being an honourable person with so much legislative experience, politics and international relations, would help in taking decisions through lawmaking for the development of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Kabiru Gaya asked APC to zone the position of the deputy Senate president of the ninth National Assembly to the northwest instead of the southeast or south-south.
Gaya said zoning it to the northwest would help the APC to consolidate on the votes it got from the area.
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