10th Assembly: Orji Kalu, Umahi and 5 Others Lock Horns in Battle to Win Senate Presidency
- The race for who takes over the mantle of leadership from Senate President Ahmad Lawan gets tougher by the day
- This is as seven powerful senators have declared their ambition and are ready to battle to win the leadership of the 10th Senate
- Some of the big names include Orji Kalu, the incumbent Senate Chief Whip, Mohammed Ali Ndume, Senator Godswill Akpabio and others
No fewer than seven senators-elect from five geo-political zones have locked horns and are ready to battle to win the 10th Senate Presidency, The Nation has learned.
Interestingly, these politicians have been in the game for a long time; they understand the dynamics that work in the Nigerian political sphere and are willing to give their all to get to the nation's 3rd top job.
The names of the biggest challengers revealed
More importantly, all the aspirants are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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Three of the top senators are; Barau Jibrin (Kano North, Northwest), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia North, Southeast) and David Umahi (Ebonyi South, Southeast), who have made their interest to chair the next National Assembly public, The Punch reported also.
The 10th Senate is billed for inauguration on June 13 after the Proclamation of the 10th National Assembly by the president.
Race for 10th Senate president toughens
The race for who becomes the Senate president of the 10th National Assembly just got stiffer following Senator Barau Jibrin's declaration of his ambition to contest for the number one legislative seat.
The lawmaker representing Kano North Senatorial District made his intentions known during a chitchat with journalists in Abuja, noting that the official declaration will be in a few days.
His comment came less than 24 hours after Senator Orji Uzor Kalu said he is the most qualified and experienced person for the Senate President position.
"It's my turn to be Senate President," Orji Kalu makes bold statement
Meanwhile, Senator Orji Kalu has said it is his turn to be the next senate president as the national assembly prepares for transition.
Kalu said it was his turn to be the next Senate president, urging the ruling APC to zone the position to his constituency.
The ex-governor of Abia state stated this on Tuesday morning while speaking to journalists at the national assembly.