Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, said his decision to contest the position was to ensure that the Southeast is represented in the Senate leadership.
The senator stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television on Thursday. He said:
“Let me be honest with you, even if the party (APC), ask me not to run, I will run on the floor of the Senate, this is one position I have to run for because you cannot leave the Southeast alone, you can’t leave them behind.
“We are in the process of doing the right thing and the East will be given a place in the scheme of things. I am asking that the East should be given the Deputy Senate President. There is a high level of discussions about that and I’m sure that by partisan it would be a law in the House”.
One of the senators also aspiring for the same position is Senator Ovie, Omo-Agege from South- South. But Kalu argued that since the South-South is occupying the position of the APC national chairman that the South East should be allowed to produce the next Deputy Senate President.
He said he was sure that the incoming 9th Assembly, which will be inaugurated on June 11, will put the interest of the country ahead their party and personal interest and legislate in a manner Nigerians will appreciate.
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