Former Abia State governor and senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu, who initially vowed to go against the decision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Senate leadership, has announced his withdrawal from the race for Deputy Senate President.
The leadership of the APC had on Monday declared that it has adopted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the position, but Kalu had kicked and vowed to go ahead with his ambition to become the Deputy Senate President of the 9th Senate.
However, in a statement by his media office, hours before the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly on Tuesday, Kalu announced his withdrawal from the race and pledged his support for Omo-Agege
“I decided to throw my hat into the ring to contest for the position of Deputy Senate President after wide consultations with stakeholders especially my political associates, friends and colleagues.
“However, I use this medium to announce my withdrawal from the race in the interest of the APC and Nigeria at large.
“I contested and won election as a Senator on the platform of the APC and as such, I cannot go against the decision of my party.
“The party, I am optimistic will consider the South East for other principal positions in the Senate and House of Representatives for the sake of national unity.
“The South East should be ably and well represented at the top hierarchy of the ninth National Assembly.
“The ninth National Assembly will work harmoniously regardless of party affiliations to ensure that the executive and judiciary arms of government are complemented in a bid to build a prosperous Nigeria,” he said.
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