SENATE PRESIDENCY: “I DID NOT STEP DOWN, I ONLY OBEYED PARTY DIRECTIVE.” – KALU.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
Senator representing Abia North Senatorial Zone, Orji Uzor Kalu has taken time to explain the issues surrounding his senate President ambition which was jettisoned hours to the election.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at his Igbere country home, senator Kalu said he did not step down from the rave but only did the bidding of his party (APC), for the sake of peace.
He said he could have won the election if he had gone ahead to contest, but would have put the party and maybe the Senate in disarray.
“I did not step down because of fear but to allow peace to reign in respect to the party’s leadership,”
“At the end of the day, the party won, the national chairman won and president Buhari won,” he stated.
The former governor was speaking at a reception organized in his honour by his campaign organization to also thank his constituents of Abia North senatorial zone for voting for him.
Orji had ran to be senator for two consecutive elections in 2011 and 2015, but had been unsuccessful until his third try in 2019 when he defeated the incumbent Mao Ohuabunwa of the PDP.
According to him, he looks to the future for brighter days and advised the Igbo’s to be wise while casting their votes on elections.
He said it would be out of place for the zone that didn’t give the president up to 40% votes to demand positions of appointment in the same government.
Popularly known and addressed as OUK by his allies, he also declared that henceforth his position in the upper chamber will be to represent the interest of his people irrespective of party affiliation. He said he is not an APC senator but a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I am not APC senator or PDP, or APGA but senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria,” he stated.
The senator used the occasion to announce the establishment of what he called a law office in all the 5 local government areas that make up his zone where his lawyers will be directly involved with people who have legal cases from his zone.
The office is meant to attend to everyone from the senatorial zone.
He assured the people of his capacity to represent them adequately saying, “I will be a good representative, there will not be anywhere anything belonging to Abia North will not be brought home.”
According to him, ” this is the only constituency in the south East where Buhari had 60%, our demand will be given attention.”