A former Governor of Abia State, southeast Nigeria and Senator-elect, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has endorsed the candidature of the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, for the position of the Senate President of the 9th Nigerian Senate.
Naija News understands that Kalu endorsed Lawan on Sunday, May 26, where he urged him to lead the 9th Senate well.
The Senator-elect traced his relationship with Lawan back to their days in school as roommates in the University of Maiduguri in Borno state, northern Nigeria.
According to him, having lived with Lawan in the same room for more than a year, he saw nothing bad in endorsing his ambition to become the President of the Senate.
His words: “Honestly, I don’t see why I should leave Lawan. You know many years ago, he was my roommate 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,” Kalu said.
The Abia governor said aside from his endorsement of Lawan, the Senate Leader is also the choice of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party and the leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“All our governors that are very vibrant are also endorsing him. The Progressive Governors’ Forum has endorsed him, so who am I? I am just one of the senators from Abia State. So, I am sure all our ministers have also endorsed him.
“My advice to him is to lead well and remember the senators. If there is a disagreement between the Senate and anybody, 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 added.