- Orji Kalu, the Senate chief whip, has opened up on the purpose of his private visit to Niger state
- The former governor paid a visit to Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Governor Sani Bello and the Emir of Minna
- The Senate chief whip while responding to questions from the press explained that his visit was personal
The Senate chief whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has explained why he visited former heads of state, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd), Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), Niger state governor, Sani Bello, and the Emir of Minna, Dr. Umar Faruq.
The former governor of Abia state was in Minna, on Monday, August 31, for his private visit to Niger state.
According to Vanguard, Kalu said his visit to the former heads of states and two others were on personal grounds and not as the Senate's chief whip.
He made the disclosure while responding to questions from reporters on national issues at the residence of Abubakar.
When asked his opinion on Senate's call to sack the service chiefs and if his visit was in connection to the matter, Kalu said he is just in Minna to see his two bosses.
The former governor went on to note that he came to first congratulate Babangida on his health and also to welcome Abubakar following the success of the minor operation he had recently.
Kalu also dismissed the insinuation that there was a crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a result of zoning for the 2023 presidency.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kalu declared that he would gladly serve as Nigeria’s president if the electorates gave him the opportunity.
The senator said this in Minna during a private visit to Babangida and Abubakar.
Going further, Kalu said that there was no zoning in the APC constitution. He consequently pointed out that any person in the party can contest for the position of the president.
In other news, Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, July 7, explained why the Nigerian Senate refused to declare Kalu's s seat and position vacant during the period of his incarceration.
Lawan told leaders of thought from Abia state that what the Senate did by preserving Kalu's seat and his position was the right and just thing to do. The delegation of the leaders of thought was led by Senator Chris Adighije and Senator Nkechi Nworgu.
Kalu was serving as the Senate chief whip when a court in Lagos sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment in December 2019 for fraud committed while he was Abia state governor between 1999 and 2007.
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