Orji Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Senate, has announced that he will run for Senate President in the 10th National Assembly.
This was revealed by Kalu on Tuesday while briefing reporters at the National Assembly. Kalu was re-elected to serve as Abia North’s representative in the Red Chamber.
Due to its 57-seat victory, the governing All Progressives Congress was able to keep its majority.
Senators from the APC who want to lead the Senate have been pleading with their colleagues for help.
In addition to Kalu, who has publicly expressed interest in the position, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Sani Musa (Niger), Barau Jibrin (Kano), and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) are also rumored to be considering running for the coveted position.
Zoning will largely determine the final candidates for the job.
The APC leadership insisted that the Senate presidency had not been zoned.
According to some pundits, it is likely that the APC will zone the post to the South in order to maintain a balance of power, especially since its Muslim-Muslim ticket has angered some groups, particularly the Christian community.
Due to his status as a ranking lawmaker and being from the South East, Kalu told reporters that it was his turn to serve as Senate President.
“It’s my turn to lead the Senate. I’ll be on team Nigeria if I’m elected Senate President. Every area of Nigeria will see my work.
In Maiduguri, Borno State, I attended school. I established my company in Lagos and expanded it to all state capitals. Team Nigeria will be both my first and last name.
“Remember, I’m the only former governor who has never changed his phone number since more than 20 years ago. I’m still ready to take all calls at that number as long as it remains in service. Due to my position as Senate President, I won’t turn off my phones.
“I’m hoping that Nigerians will pray for me to be elected Senate President because it’s my turn. “.