- Senator-elect for Abia North senatorial district, Orji Uzor Kalu, says President Muhammadu Buhari has not endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of deputy Senate president
- Kalu, who is the former governor of Abia state, says he is still in the race for the position except otherwise advised by President Buhari and the National Working Committee of the APC
- The senator-elect says he will emerge as deputy Senate president in the ninth National Assembly
Former governor of Abia state and the senator-elect for Abia North senatorial district, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of deputy Senate president.
There were reports that President Buhari endorsed Omo-Agege as the party's candidate for the position of deputy Senate president in the 9th National Assembly, The Sun reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the senator-elect also denied withdrawing from the contest, adding that President Buhari only adopted Senator Ahmed Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for the positions of Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.
Kalu said: “Ahead of tomorrow’s inauguration of the 9th National Assembly and the election of principal officers, politicians have started deploying different antics to satisfy their ambitions.
“One of such is a statement credited to the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Onilu, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari and the NWC of the party had formally adopted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the party’s candidate for the position of Deputy Senate President.
“I hold the president in high esteem as well as the National Chairman of our great party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other members of the NWC and as such, I will not disobey any formal pronouncement by them.
"However, I am still in the race to become Deputy Senate President because the president and the NWC have not adopted any candidate and as such the contest is open to all members of the party, who have the capability.
“I have the political dexterity, leadership qualities, and goodwill to complement the efforts of the Senate president in actualising the objectives of the legislature in support of the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking Nigeria to greater heights.
“Leadership positions in the 9th Senate should be given to people who have the will to support the agenda of the APC while not deviating from the ideals of democracy.
“As I continue to mobilise support for the position of deputy senate president, I commend the president, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other stakeholders of the party for their support.
“Come tomorrow, by the special grace of God and to the admiration of APC members and Nigerians at large, I will emerge as deputy senate president in the 9th National Assembly.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the south-south region announced that the national leadership of the party had ceded the position of deputy Senate president to it.
The zonal APC endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as its candidate for the position on Saturday, June 8.
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