There’s a storm brewing in the Nigerian Senate as rumors swirl around the upcoming election for the position of Senate President in the 10th National Assembly. Orji Kalu, the Senator representing Abia North, has made a surprise announcement that he intends to throw his hat into the ring for the top spot, as he claims that it’s his turn to be the Senate President of the Nation.
Kanu makes this to be known at a press briefing held on Tuesday at the National Assembly, but the timing of the announcement has raised eyebrows. With the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) maintaining a majority in the Senate with 57 seats, it’s no surprise that other senators are also interested in running for the position of Senate President.
However, sources say that there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Alongside Kalu, other senators, including Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom, Sani Musa from Niger, Barau Jibrin from Kano, and Dave Umahi from Ebonyi, are reportedly vying for the coveted office. Could there be a power struggle brewing behind the scenes, or is this just politics as usual? Only time will tell as the election approaches.
Kalu told the reporters that, due to his seniority as a lawmaker and his origins in the South East, it’s his turn to become Senate President.
He said. “It is my turn to become the Senate President. If I’m elected Senate President, I will be team Nigeria. I’m going to work in every corner of Nigeria.
“I schooled in Maiduguri, Borno State. I started my business in Lagos and spread it across all state capitals. My first name will be team Nigeria, my last name will be team Nigeria.
“Remember, I’m the only former governor who has never changed phone line for more than 20 years ago.
I’m still willing to maintain that telephone number to answer all my calls. I’m not going to switch off my phones because I’m Senate President.
“I’m hoping that Nigerians will pray for me to become Senate President because it’s my turn.”