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We’re Nominating Umahi Not Orji Uzor Kalu Senate President – Ohanaeze Tells Tinubu

by Victor Ndubuisi

Okechukwu Isiguzoro, a chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the largest Igbo socio-political group, has warned against Abia North Senator Orji Uzor Kalu becoming Senate President.

Ohanaeze Secretary-General Isiguzoro predicted that Kalu would defeat President-elect Bola Tinubu in the Senate.

He remarked while dismissing Kalu’s allegations that it was his turn to become Senate President.

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In a press conference on Tuesday, the Senate Top Whip stated that his extensive experience across the country qualifies him to be the 10th Senate’s president.


Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District became the first senator to publicly express his goal to become Nigeria’s third most powerful political figure.

Reacting, Isiguzoro told Newsmen: “There is nothing like emilokan in the Southeast; Orji Uzor Kalu is not our Emilokan, that is a Yoruba coinage; we are Republicans here.

“The leadership has decided that the senate President should go to Ebonyi; it’s the only state with three senators in the Southeast, so Emilokan is in Ebonyi, not Abia State.

“Igbos can’t present somebody with an EFCC case, Igbos can’t present somebody as Senate President that would be disgraced tomorrow, Igbos can’t present somebody facing trial with EFCC, Igbos can’t present somebody who can’t solve the insecurity crisis in the Southeast. Igbos can’t bring somebody who doesn’t believe in Southeast Presidency.

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“He is on his own, Ohanaeze disown Orji Kalu over his Emilokan, and we have a position on Umahi and if Akapabio became a Minority Leader as a first-timer, we are working on that arrangement for Umahi to emerge as the Senate President.

“Orji Kalu would beat Asiwaju as the Senate President; there is nothing like Emilokan in the Southeast, Orji Kalu has a lot of EFCC baggage, and he should clear himself first before talking about the Senate Presidency. He should submit himself for trials.


“Ndigbos can’t afford to gamble with his candidacy because he is controversial. The 10th assembly must amend their rules base on what they did to Akapbio as a first-timer. Orji Kalu would beat Asiwaju as a Senate President, so we are nominating Umahi.”


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