The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said it is his turn to become the President of the Nigerian Senate. Kalu disclosed this to newsmen at the National Assembly today March 21 when he confirmed his interest to run for the seat of the number three position of the Federation.
Kalu, who won re-election to represent Abia North in the Red Chamber, said
“If I’m elected Senate President, I will be team Nigeria. I’m going to work for 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 more than 20 years ago. I willstill be 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.”he said
The 10th National Assembly will be inaugurated in June this year. The ruling APC still maintains a majority in the Senate, having secured 57 seats. 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) have been reported to be interested in running for the seat. Political analysts believe that the ruling party will zone the seat to the South and a Christian to balance its political equation since the President-elect and Vice-President-elect are both Muslims and from the South West and North East.
Some pundits believe that it is likely that APC might zone the post to the South for power balance, especially after its Muslim-Muslim ticket triggered outrage from some quarters, especially the Christian community.