A pressure group, Ogene Ndigbo Support for Equity and Good Governance, yesterday endorsed a former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu for Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly.
The group said that Kalu who was elected to represent Abia North Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, deserved to be given a presiding officer’s position following his experience and leadership capacity.
National Coordinator of the group, Charles Mbalisi, who in a statement on behalf of his colleagues, commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) for zoning the Senate Presidency to the North-East, urging the party to equally zone the position of Deputy Senate President to the South-East geo-political zone.
According to him, zoning the position to the South-East would make for equity and balance in the system.
Mbalisi, however, urged Kalu to declare his ambition for the position without any further delay, adding that the South-East deserved the position as it would reflect the national spread of the APC and enable the party consolidate strongly in all regions of the country.
He said: “The huge contributions of Igbo leaders in APC in the last presidential election and other elections in the South-East cannot be over-emphasised.
“Conspicuously, APC got more votes in the 2019 presidential election as against the 2015 elections. In addition, APC has produced more Senators and House of Representatives’ members from the South-East in 2019, which is a measure of increase in acceptance of the party in the South-East particularly in Abia, Imo and Ebonyi States.
“The contributions of Dr. Orji Kalu in planting APC strongly in Abia State and ensured the winning of some State House of Assembly seats and having massive votes in the gubernatorial election in Abia State is higly commendable.
Kalu deserves to be in the leadership of the Senate because he has not only being a bridge builder and a link between the South-East and other parts of the country, but a ranking member, having been a member of the House of Representatives many years ago.”