Former Governor of Abia State and Senator Elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu have stepped down his ambition of becoming the Deputy President of the ninth Senate.

Dr. Kalu who revealed this in a statement by his media office said he dropped his ambition for the interest of his party, the All Progressive Congress.

Kalu said he will support those endorsed by the party as he will always abide by the decision of the president and the National Working Committee of the his party.

He said “I decided to throw my hat into the ring to contest for the position of Deputy Senate President after wide consultations with stakeholders, especially my political associates, friends and colleagues (returning senators and senators-elect).

“However, I use this opportunity to announce my withdrawal from the race in the interest of the APC and Nigeria at large.

“I contested and won election as a senator on the platform of the APC and as such, I cannot go against the decision of my party.

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“The party, I am optimistic, will consider the South East for other principal positions in the Senate and House of Representatives for the sake of national unity.

“The South East should be ably and 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 and judiciary arms of government are complemented in a bid to build a prosperous Nigeria.”


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