Orji Kalu, the Senate’s Chief Whip, has announced his intention to run for Senate President in the 10th National Assembly.
This was revealed by Kalu, who was re-elected to represent Abia North in the Red Chamber, on Tuesday while briefing reporters at the National Assembly.
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With 57 seats, the All Progressives Congress, which is currently in power, has a majority in the Senate.
APC senators eyeing the Senate presidency have been lobbying their colleagues to seek their support.
Aside from Kalu, who has publicly declared interest in the position, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Sani Musa (Niger); Barau Jibrin (Kano); and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) are also said to be interested in running for the coveted office.
The final candidates for the position will largely be determined by zoning.
However, the APC leadership said it has not zoned the Senate presidency.
According to some pundits, it is possible that the APC will zone the seat to the South in order to maintain a balance of power, especially because its Muslim-Muslim ticket has angered other groups, particularly the Christian community.
As a senior lawmaker from the South East, Kalu informed reporters that it was his turn to lead the Senate.
He said, “It is my turn to become the Senate President. If I’m elected Senate President, I will be team Nigeria. I’m going to work in every corner of Nigeria.
“I schooled in Maiduguri, Borno State. I started my business in Lagos and spread it across all state capitals. My first name will be team Nigeria, my last name will be team Nigeria.
“Remember, I’m the only former governor who has never changed phone line for more than 20 years ago. I’m still willing to maintain that telephone number to answer all my calls. I’m not going to switch off my phones because I’m Senate President.
“I’m hoping that Nigerians will pray for me to become Senate President because it’s my turn.”
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