Orji Uzor Kalu, the senator-elect for Abia North senatorial district, has vowed to contest for the position of the Deputy Senate President with or without the consent of his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, expressed his position during an interview on Thursday.
According to the lawmaker-elect, he has decided to contest for the position to ensure that the South-East is not ignored in the leadership composition of the National Assembly.
“Let me be honest with you even if the party ask me not to run, I will run on the floor of the House, this is one position I have to run for because you cannot leave the Southeast alone, you can’t leave them behind,” Kalu said on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme.
Kalu urged the Senate to do the “right thing” and ensure that Eastern Nigeria is included in the federal parliament’s leadership, adding that negotiations are ongoing to that effect.
He said: “We are in the process of doing the right thing and the East will be given a place in the scheme of things. I am asking that the East should be given the Deputy Senate President. There is a high level of discussions about that and I’m sure that by partisan it would be a law in the House.”
The former Abia governor assured Nigerians that Senators of the ninth Assembly will put the citizens’ interest above their party interest and legislate in a manner that the people will benefit from.