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My Deputy Senate Presidency Not Negotiable – Kalu


LAGOS – The Senator-elect, Abia North Constituency, Dr. Orji Kalu has insisted that his ambition to be the Deputy Senate President in the ninth National Assembly is non-negotiable.

He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the ongoing crisis between the pioneer Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the current Chief John Odigie – Oyegun and the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, respectively.

Speaking on Friday with airport correspondents at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos, Kalu said that his ambition was not personal, but for the economic development of the country at large.

It would be recalled that the leading party, APC, had ceded the Deputy Senate Presidency to the South East and at present, no fewer than three senators are jostling for the sole ticket.

He insisted that it was only Godly, moral and in the sense of equity, balance and justice for the geopolitical zone to be rewarded with the Deputy Senate Presidency.

He declared that if elected, he would work with the National Adviser on the economy and the Central Bank of Nigeria to put the economy back on track, stressing that the economic situation was not on the right track.

He said: “I am not only restating it, but I am saying that it is the most godly thing to do because I am ready to do that job to help both the Senate in lawmaking and help the executive to be able to bring stimulus that would fix the economy. I am interested in the economy because if we hit the economy right, the security will be addressed.

“I think a hungry man is an angry man. So we need to also be looking at candidates that have capacity to do the work. And I have capacity to do the work. I have capacity of managing human beings and the Senate is about human management.

“But what is wrong with personal bid. I am a Nigerian. Those that are bidding it, are they more capable than I am? The important thing is the capacity to make life better for people like you.

“Capacity to help President Buhari achieve his economic goals. Capacity to work with the National Adviser on the economy and work with the Central Bank of Nigeria because the economy is not doing totally well.

“We need to put it on track. There are some things we need to put where it supposed to be and the economy will have stimulus.”

Kalu who was the Governor of Abia State for eight years; 1999 to 2007, also called Buhari to intervene in the rift between Odigie-Oyegun and Oshiomhole.

He insisted that Buhari’s intervention would go a long way to prevent the party from going astray.

He also commended Buhari for prevailing on Senator Danjuma Goje to step down for Senator Ahmed Lawan as candidate for the Senate Presidency.

Kalu said such rapprochement was critical to ensuring the party speaks with one voice on such a fundamental matter.

He, however, emphasised that the feud between the two was part of democracy, but said it should not be allowed to degenerate further.

“Before President will tell you, I don’t want to play politics, but he is the chief politician. I think the President has started changing his mind to be able to be intervening in cases like that. I am sure, we will sort out Oyegun and Oshiomhole’s problems by next week.

“I am sure Mr President is already doing something on that matter. And I want to make it clear, people should not be misleading people by saying what the President did not say. I advise that Nigerians should not be misleading the public with what the president never said,” he said.

He further advised APC members to desist from using the name of Buhari to entrench their personal and selfish interest, saying presently many politicians were using the President’s name to pursue personal aggrandisement.

Kalu said his endorsement of Lawal as President of the Senate was driven by deep convictions about his capacity to push for robust leadership that would deepen the political and economic space for the prosperity of Nigeria and Nigerians.

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