The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, revealed why the Senate did not declare the seat of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu vacant while he was in prison.
Lawan in a statement released through his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi, revealed this when leaders of thought from Abia State, paid him a courtesy visit.
The President of the Senate in his statement noted that the upper chamber did not declare the seat vacant because it was the right thing to do.
Delegation of the leader of thought was at the National Assembly to commend the Senate and its leadership for showing their concerns for Kalu during his incarceration.
Lawan said, “There was no way anybody could convince us in the Senate that somebody should take the Abia North Seat because it wasn’t vacant.”
“He(Kalu) was on several appeals and until he exhausted all the opportunities available to him, that seat remained his seat.”
“Similarly the position of the Chief Whip, we didn’t even appoint an acting Chief Whip. The Deputy Chief Whip continued to play that role until he was released.”
“We came under pressure, of course. But we thought the right thing to do was to keep that seat, that position until he was able to get his judgement.”