The battle for the new leadership of the 10th Senate of Nigeria’s National Assembly took a different turn yesterday as Senators elected under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the North-west and North-east unanimously threw their weight behind Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
The elected APC Senators from the two geo-political zones vowed to ensure equity, justice and fairness in the balance of power by supporting the emergence of the Senate Chief Whip and former governor of Abia State, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK) as the next Senate President.
According to APC National Assembly member-elect from the North-West who attended the meeting and doesn’t want his name mentioned, Senators from North-East and North-West geo-political zones despite delivering the highest number of votes in the presidential election that ensured victory for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has resolved to put the interest and unity of Nigeria above sectional interest and thus unanimously endorsed the aspiration of Distinguished Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to become the next President of the Nigerian Senate.
Speaking further the Senator said they settled for Senator Kalu owing to his experience as an high ranking senator from the South-east geo-political zone whose loyalty and relationship with Northern Senators is very cordial and firm.
He reiterated that Senator Kalu possessed the maturity, leadership and unifying qualities expected from a senate President, pointing out that his indelible landmark achievements in the National Assembly is unrivaled having sponsored over twenty five bills and moved motions that further unite the country.
The Senator further maintained that “his emergence as the Senate President will quell all agitations and restiveness of youths occasioned by supposed exclusion of South-east zone in political position”.
“Our firm resolve is that with Sen. Kalu as the Chairman of the National Assembly as well as the President of the Senate, He will synergize with the Executive to deliver democratic dividends to the Nigerian Populace.”
“He will Unite all Nigerian lawmakers and evoke his wealth of legislative experience and expertise to bare for the overall interest of Nigerians”.
“Sen. Kalu is a round peg in a round hole, a thoroughbred high ranking legislator per excellence who has distinguished himself as a Nigerian patriot through his bills, motions and oversight functions; his loyalty to the APC over the years has showcased his true character as a statesman and nationalist.