Orji Kalu, Chief Whip of the Senate, has faulted the zoning of the presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections.
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He described the office as an open basket for intending contestants, stressing that the idea of zoning is not contained in the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kalu made the remarks on Monday in Minna, the Niger State capital, where he visited former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, and former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, at their residences.
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“Zoning is a party issue, every party has the right to say where they want a position to come from but in APC, there is no issue of zoning. Anybody can contest for the presidency”, he said.
“It has not been zoned to any region and zoning is not in the constitution of APC and as long as it is not a constitutional matter of APC, the Presidency is an open basket which anybody can fight for”.
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On the issue of insecurity in the country, the lawmaker stated that he believes there is sabotage in the system, which must be urgently addressed by the authorities.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts on security, and assured that the senate will continue to push for efficiency among the security organs in the country.
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“Security is a big challenge to everybody and the senate is going to address this issue.
“Insecurity has defied any solution. I see a lot of sabotage in this issue of insecurity and I can assure you that the Senate will address the issue of sabotage.”
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“The President must be very angry about what is going on; he is a known army general, top-class General and Commander in Chief. He is not happy at all and I am sure he is working to address it,” Kalu added.
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He explained that his visit to the elder statesmen, whom he described as his bosses, was to rejoice with Babangida, who turned 79 recently, and to welcome Abdulsalam back from his medical trip.