Senator Ahmed Lawan representing Yobe North has been backed to emerge as the next chairman of the National Assembly in the capacity of Senate President as the race for the Red Chamber hots up.
Former Governor of Abia State, and Senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is the latest personality to endorse the candidature of the Senate Leader, Senator Lawan, for the position of the Senate President of the 9th Senate.
Tracing his relationship with Lawan to their school days as room mates at the University of Maiduguri, Kalu urged Lawan to lead the 9th Senate to the best of his knowledge.
“Honestly, I don’t see why I should leave Lawan. You know many years ago, he was my room mate in the University of Maiduguri and we lived in the same room for almost one and half years and I don’t see why I will not go with him,” he said.
Kalu further said the Senate Leader is also the choice of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“All our governors that are very vibrant are also endorsing him. The Progressive Governors’ Forum have endorsed him, so who am I? I am just one senator from Abia State. So, I am sure all our ministers have also endorsed him.
“My advice is for him to lead well and remember the senators. If there is a disagreement between the Senate and anyone, the Senate must take precedent. And this is what I expect him to do and the Senate is a sacred place.
“So, he should handle his colleagues very well and know that his colleagues are his colleagues. We have no problem by saying that we support him and this is sincerely from our hearts. The ministers of the South East have advised me also that I should come openly and support him,” Kalu disclosed.
Kalu’s endorsement comes after Senator representing Oyo North District, Senator Fatai Buhari, said the prospects of Senator Lawan emerging as the next Senate Leader is bright because he has 51 endorsement signatures from 66 senators-elect on the platform of the APC.
Senator Buhari who was speaking while responding to questions fielded by journalists on Saturday said; “51 out of the 66 Senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have signed an endorsement list and pledged to vote for Senator Lawan.”
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