Igbo youth leaders under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) have lent support for the emergence of former governor of Abia State, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu as the President of tenth Senate, and former governor of Zamfara state, Abdul’aziz Yari as his deputy.
The group in a statement on Tuesday by its President General, Hon. Goodluck Ibem said Sen. Kalu’s leadership of the Senate will usher in a progressive National Assembly and called on Senators-elect to support the duo.
He said Kalu, who is the Chief Whip of the Senate is a successful businessman who did well as a private sector player before joining politics, noting that he is a team player.
“This adoption of Senator Orji Kalu for the position of the Senate President by our people is a confirmation that we reject in its entirety the position of the Deputy Speaker purportedly zone to South East before now.
“Senator Kalu is a successful businessman who did very well as a private businessman before joining politics and he is a team player who respect agreements reached with others at any given time. He never reneges on agreements. He is true to his words.
“There is no day it is said or heard anywhere that Senator Orji had issues with anyone based on an agreement he had without fulfilling what was agreed upon. This shows that, if elected by distinguish Senators of the 10th Senate, it will be a rancor free Senate that will give full cooperation to the President for the overall interest and benefit of Nigerians.
“As the Senate Chief Whip of the 9th Senate, he did his job dutifully by maintaining discipline and order in the Senate which is his assignment in the Senate. The Senate Chambers was really what it should be under him as a Chief Whip. He is truly a team player.
“Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is fully prepared and equipped to lead the Senate and he will deliver on the goods.
“Senator Orji is a ranking Senator, an experience Lawmaker with great passion for sponsoring bills that will better the lives of Nigerians, a parliamentarian of great repute who never missed any of the Senate sitting because of his love for the progress and development of the nation. It has never been reported or heard that he slept off at the floor of the Senate. This is because he takes his assignments to heart and he is serious and committed to anything he does.
“In 2019, Senator Orji contested for Senate President and he was asked to wait till 2023 which he agreed as a party man. He worked assiduously for his party, the APC in the South East. The APC presently has 2 Governors, 7 Senators and State House of Assembly Members-Elect. Now is the time to honour the agreement made to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in 2019 by the APC to make him Senate President in 2023.
“We implore that the words of the APC should be her bound because that is the only true part to go. One of the main attribute of democracy is keeping to promise made and we want the APC to keep to her promise.
“We urge all Senators to vote for Senator Orji Uzor Kalu as Senate President and Senator Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari as Deputy Senate President for the development and progress of our dear nation.
“Under Senator Orji as Senate President and Senator Abdul’aziz Yari as Deputy Senate President, the Senate will make laws that will truly improve the lots of Nigerians”, he said.