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Orji Kalu Stands Firm, Refuses to Step Down from Senate Presidency


Orji Kalu’s Intentions to Lead the Senate as Former Governor of Abia State Remain Unchanged

Despite the preference of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee for Senators Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for the positions of Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively, Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, remains firm in his decision not to step down for anyone in the race for the office of the Senate President. Kalu had made his intentions clear several months ago, expressing his desire to become the leader of the Senate.

“I believe 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,” stated Kalu, the former governor of Abia State. “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, and my last name will be Team Nigeria. I’m hoping that Nigerians will pray for me to become Senate President because it’s my turn.”

Despite the opposition from the APC’s National Working Committee, Senator Kalu revealed that discussions are at an advanced stage between himself and former Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, to contest the Senate Presidency on a joint ticket. The outcome of their meetings will be unveiled soon.

Senator Kalu’s position contradicts the stance of the ruling APC, which has zoned the seat of the Senate Presidency to the South-South and selected Senator Godswill Akpabio as their preferred candidate to lead the 10th Senate.

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As the race for the Senate Presidency unfolds, political observers are keenly watching the developments and awaiting the final decision on the leadership of the Senate. The outcome will not only shape the dynamics within the Senate but also have significant implications for Nigeria’s political landscape.