Dr . Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia State Governor, has vowed that unless the ruling All Progressives Congress APC makes him the Deputy President of the 9 th Senate, he will fight to become the Senate President .
He said this while indicating his interest to contest for the position of Deputy Senate President in the soon – to – be constituted 9 th National Assembly .
Kalu also wants the APC to zone the position to the South – East “ in the interest of equity and justice . ”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Abia North Senator – elect spoke with newsmen on Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos .
He noted that he was aware that the APC, which has the majority in the forthcoming Senate , has zoned the Senate presidency to the North – East and the Deputy Senate President to the North – West .
Kalu said: “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 . ”
According to him , Articles One and 50 of the Constitution make it clear that members of the National Assembly in – house can elect their principal officers.
He said it was only fair that the position is retained in the South – East , stressing that both President Muhammadu Buhari and APC chairman , Mr . Adams Oshiomhole , are well aware of this .
“ So , if justice must prevail , you have to bring the Senate President from the North – East and you bring the Deputy Senate President to the South – East .
“The chairman of the party is from South -South . The President is from North – West . The Vice – President is from South – West and also the Senate President will come from North – East .
“Whether it is Senators Ahmed Lawal or Alli Ndume , this will be decided on the floor of the House .
“So , for me , the tripod in Nigeria is Igbo , Yoruba and Hausa; and we are going to get the deputy Senate president and I will fight on the floor of the House like no other person has fought .
“That is not challenging the party but this is about looking for justice . Buhari said recently after the elections that he will be addressing issues of injustice and this is part of the issue , ” Kalu said.
He further maintained that he was qualified for the position , having being a former member of the Federal House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993 and also a two- time governor.
Kalu said: “ I know the nook and crannies of how legislators operate . I have dealt with them and I am not a new comer. So , it is going to be impossible to edge me out or edge a whole zone out by claiming we are new comers .
“What I ’m fighting for is justice , fair play and for Nigeria to continue to be one. I have suffered in fighting for the unity of the country. They cannot use National Assembly or petty House officers to divide the country .
“I have sweated . All my investments are in the North , in the West and the South and we must protect these things and live in peace . ”
He , however , warned that he would be forced to contest for the position of the Senate President if the APC fails to make him a deputy .
“I have the capacity for lobbying . I am well known in East , West and North . I will run for the Senate President if justice is not done to say , ‘South – East , bring the Deputy Senate President . ’
“I can assure you that there are over 56 Senators in my kitty now for either the Senate President or the Deputy Senate President that have already signed to what I believe in .
“It is only just to unveil it on the floor of the House , ” Kalu added .
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