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Breaking: Orji Uzor Kalu Withdraws From Deputy Senate Presidency Race



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A former Governor of Abia State, southeast Nigeria, and Senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has withdrawn from the race for the position of the Deputy President of the forthcoming 9th Nigerian Senate.

Naija News reports that the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated today, Tuesday, June 11, with Ahmed Lawan representing Yobe North Constituency and Ali Ndume, representing Borno South, both on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, seeking to be the President of the 9th Senate.

Just like the Senate Presidency race, Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Francis Alimikhena (Edo), Kabiru Gaya (Kano) and Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta) were in a hot chase for the position of the Deputy President of the 9th Senate until on Tuesday morning when Kalu stepped down.

Kalu announced his withdrawal from the race on Tuesday morning at exactly 1:54 am, citing the position of the APC leadership as the reason for his decision.

The former governor tweeted: “I decided to throw my hat into the ring to contest for the position of Deputy Senate President @NGRSenate after wide consultations with stakeholders especially my political associates, friends & colleagues (returning senators & senators-elect).

“However, I use this medium to announce my withdrawal from the race in the interest of the APC @OfficialAPCNg & Nigeria at large. I contested & won election as a Senator on the platform of the APC @APCNigeria & as such, I cannot go against the decision of my party.

“The party, I am optimistic will consider the South East for other principal positions in the Senate @NGRSenate & House of Representatives @HouseNGR for the sake of national unity. The South East should be ably & well represented at the top hierarchy of the 9th national assembly.

“The 9th national assembly will work harmoniously regardless of party affiliations to ensure that the executive & judiciary arms of government are complemented in a bid to build a prosperous Nigeria,” Kalu wrote on Twitter.

Source: Naija News