A former Abia governor, Orji Uzor Kalu has expressed his desire to contest for the position of the Deputy Senate President in the soon to be constituted 9th National Assembly.
He also asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the position to the South-East in the interest of equity and justice.
Kalu, who was elected to represent Abia North senatorial district, said these on Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
He noted that he was aware the APC, which had the majority in the Senate, had zoned the senate president position to the North-East and the Deputy Senate President to the North-West.
Kalu said: “I am a very loyal party man. The party has zoned the senate presidency position to the North-East and I want to respect the party’s will but the second position is what we are not going to allow to leave the South-East.
“So, as far as I am concerned, in the South-East, I am going to run openly on the floor of the House for the position of Deputy Senate President.
“I am not going to listen to the party neither will I listen to anybody. Nobody that wants to be the Deputy Senate President is more loyal than I am to the party.
“I have suffered for the party and have been called by Nigerians to come out. I want the party to respect the will of every other person and I am committed to democracy and contesting on the floor of the House.”
He added that it was only fair that the position was retained in the South-East, stressing that both President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, were well aware of this.
“So, if justice must prevail, you have to bring the Senate President from the North-East and you bring the Deputy Senate President to the South-East,” he added.
“The chairman of the party is from South-South. The President is from North-West. The Vice-President is from South-West and also the Senate President will come from North-East.
“Whether it is Senators Ahmed Lawal or Alli Ndume, this will be decided on the floor of the House.”