Orji Kalu steps down, endorses Omo-Agege for deputy Senate presidency

Orji Kalu steps down, endorses Omo-Agege for deputy Senate presidency

- Orji Uzor Kalu said he has endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for deputy Senate presidency

- The senator-elect representing Abia North said this was in the interest of the party

- Kalu expressed optimism that the southeast will be well represented in the National Assembly

Orji Uzor Kalu who is the senator-elect representing Abia North has stepped down in his deputy Senate bid and has endorsed Senator Ovie Omo-Agege fo the position.

Premium Tines reports that Kalu made this known in a statement on Monday, June 10. He said he was stepping down in following the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari and the party.

He said: “I decided to throw my hat into the ring to contest for the position of deputy Senate president after wide consultations with stakeholders especially my political associates, friends and colleagues (returning senators and senators–elect).

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“However, I use this medium to announce my withdrawal from the race in the interest of the APC and Nigeria at large.

“I contested and won election as a senator on the platform of the APC and as such, I cannot go against the decision of my party."

The senator expressed optimism that the party will consider the southeast for other principal positions in the Senate and House of Representatives.

He said for the sake of national unity, "the southeast should be ably and well represented at the top hierarchy of the 9th National Assembly."

According to him, the 9th National Assembly will work harmoniously regardless of party affiliations, and also ensure the executive and judiciary arms of government are complemented in a bid to build a prosperous Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the coalition of the Northern Civil Society and Social Cultural Movement for Peace, Development and United Nigeria, said that the current zoning formula of the All Progressives Congress (APC) best suits Senator Ovie Omo’Agege for the deputy Senate presidency slot.

The group with branches in all the 19 northern states and beyond, also stressed that Omo-Agege's emergence will give all regions a sense of belonging, especially the south in the current leadership equation of the country.

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