9th NASS: I stepped down for Omo-Agege due to APC's supremacy

9th NASS: I stepped down for Omo-Agege due to APC's supremacy

- Orji Uzor Kalu said he stepped down for Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in the race for the deputy Senate president due to the APC's supremacy

- The ruling party had announced Omo-Agege as its preferred candidate for the position

- Kalu, however, hailed the peaceful nature of election of the new leadership of the Senate and congratulated the new leadership of the red chamber

Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has disclosed why he stepped down his ambition for the position of deputy Senate president. The senator said he did it in deference to discipline and supremacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party had announced Delta Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, as its preferred candidate for the position

Kalu, who spoke at a private reception for family and political associates in Abuja, on Tuesday, June 11, hailed the peaceful nature of election of the new leadership of the Senate and congratulated the new leadership of the red chamber, New Telegraph reports.

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He said: “The APC, as a party, had already made a decision. If they have made a decision, we should all abide by the decision because party is supreme. It is only these days that I am not seeing the supremacy of the party.

“In all my life, from NPN to all the parties I have seen, the party is supreme. That was why I stepped down because once the party says it is over, it is over because the party is us and we are the party. So, if our party says this is the position, we have zoned this here, we must respect the will of the party.”

He charged the newly elected Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, and deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, to follow due process in the discharge of their duties.

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“It is a very smooth day. APC had its way because what we planned worked for APC by voting in a bipartisan manner which is the essence of constitutional democracy.

“In any parliament with majority members, the ruling party must elect the officers. Not the minority party. It is becoming abnormal in the Nigerian political system where in any House there is majority, minority also wants to get involved. In the real sense, there is no room for minority in going for anything," he added.

The former governor added that it was not a normal practice of sincere democracy to see the minority making moves to control the parliament, noting that it was a cunning democracy in practice.

Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Omo-Agege, representing Delta central senatorial district, emerged the deputy president of the ninth Senate.

Omo-Agege of the APC emerged victorious after defeating his challenger, the PDP's Senator Ike Ekweremadu representing Enugu west senatorial district.

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