Senator Orji Uzor Kalu Meets President Buhari to Discuss Senate Presidency and Party Stability
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who serves as the Chief Whip of the Senate, held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. During their closed-door discussion, Kalu informed the President of his interest in running for the position of Senate President, but only if the All Progressives Congress (APC) chooses to zone the position to the Southeast.
Senator Kalu, who represents the Abia North Senatorial District, stated that he believes that his candidacy for the Senate Presidency would bring peace and honor to the country, despite the Southeast not having voted for President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during the recent Presidential election.
Additionally, Kalu discussed the stability of the ruling party with the President and suggested that the President take over the position of the APC’s Board of Trustees (BoT) immediately after handing over to the President-elect later in the year. He expressed concern about the crises that the party faced before the general elections and attributed the APC’s success to the President’s interventions.
Kalu urged the President not to completely retire from politics but to take over the leadership of the ruling party at the highest level to provide direction. He recommended that the party bring back its Board of Trustees or something similar, so that President Buhari could serve as its Chairman. He proposed that every three or four months, the President could be called upon to settle party matters, using his experience and leadership to help resolve any disputes within the party.
Kalu emphasized the importance of having a figure like President Buhari to be a part of the conscience of the party, so that there is always someone to turn to when there are problems. He further noted that the President’s intervention was critical in saving the party from disintegration, given the internal quarrels and rancor within the party.
In conclusion, Kalu explained that he is not yet ready to retire and focus on his palm kernel business, as he has more to contribute to the country’s political landscape.
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