The former Abia state governor and Abia senator-elect has been approved by an Igbo group, the Ogene Igbo Support for Equity and Good Governance to become the deputy senate president in the 9th senate to be sworn-in in June. Describing him as been most qualified for the position of the deputy senate president, urging the All Progressives Congress (APC) to support him.
This is due to the fact that the National Assembly members have continually taken sides with themselves over who succeeds the senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki while Ndume Ali and Ahmed Lawan been the major contenders.
Charles Mbalisi, the National Coordinator of the group yesterday in Abuja, motivated Dr. Orji to declare his intentions immediately, as he assured him that other colleagues and party officials would be in full support.
In other to maintain a balance in the leadership zoning of Senate and House of Representatives in the 9th assembly, he requested that the deputy senate president seat be zoned to the South East while stating that the group respects the decision of the APC towards the zoning of Senate presidency to the North East.
Furthermore, he stated that “The huge contributions of lgbo leaders in APC, particularly in the last presidential election and other elections in the South East cannot be underemphasized. APC got more votes in 2019 elections as against 2015 elections.
“APC also produced more senators and House of Representative members in South East in 2019 elections, which is a measure of the increase in acceptance of the party in the South East.
“Undoubtedly, Dr. Kalu contributed greatly to that success. Not only that, but he also ensured that APC got impressive votes that helped President Muhammadu Buhari win the 2019 presidential election comfortably.