Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State, has shown interest in the seat of the deputy senate president in the soon to be constituted 9th National Assembly.
Punch reports that the senator-elect said that unless the All Progressive Congress (APC)makes him the deputy senate president, he will openly vie for the seat of the senate president.
He said the seat which has been zoned to the North West should be left in the South East in the interest of equity and justice.
I’m a very loyal party man. The party has zoned the Senate presidency to the North-East and I want to respect the party’s will; but the second position is what we are not going to allow to leave the South-East.
So, as far as I’m concerned, in the South-East, I’m going to run openly on the floor of the House for the position of Deputy Senate President.
I am not going to listen to the party, neither will I listen to anybody. Nobody that wants to be the Deputy Senate President is more loyal than I am to the party.
I have suffered for the party and have been called by Nigerians to come out. I want the party to respect the will of every other person and I’m committed to democracy and contesting on the floor of the House.”
He stressed that he was qualified for the position having been a part of the legislature from 1991 to 1993 and also a two-time governor.