'Office of The Senate President Not For Person With Bad Record' - Onoh Blasts Orji-Kalu

‘Office of The Senate President Not For Person With Bad Record’ – Onoh Blasts Orji-Kalu

by Victor Ndubuisi

Josef Onoh, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, has chastised the incumbent Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, for declaring that it is his turn to become Nigeria’s next Senate President.

Newsmen recalls Kalu telling reporters on Tuesday that it is his turn to be Senate President and that he believes Nigerians will support him.

The former Abia governor claimed that he has not changed his known cell phone number in approximately 24 years and will continue to answer the people’s calls if he is elected Senate President.

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But, in a statement issued on Thursday, Onoh stated that the Senate Presidency job belonged to someone with a clean and meritorious record.


Onoh contended that the South East had previously held the job of Senate President but gained nothing except acrimony and lousy politics.

He stated that the South East will prefer the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to the position of Senate President.

Onoh said: “Even though I’m not in support and will never support Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s method of operation and the pain the actions of IPOB have caused Nigerians which warranted the federal government to take proactive measures on him and his organization, I’m urging the President-elect that the release of Nnamdi Kanu is more important to us than Senate Presidency.

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“What the South East needs are economic growth, security, and development and since Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and detention a sit-at-home was declared which has crippled the economic stability and growth in the southeast. Criminal elements are now hiding under the guise of IPOB to create security instability in the southeast which currently has overwhelmed the entire south east governors and residents alike.

“So it does not arise for persons from the south east to be clamouring for the position of Senate President, let alone saying ‘it’s my turn’. While his zone is under heavy security threat and economic suffocation.

“We’ve held the position for eight years and it benefited us nothing. What we need is economic prosperity and growth as the President-elect promised us. I plead and urge for the release of Nnamdi Kanu while he attends his trial from home and it will help to end the sit-at-home and security instability in our zone.


“Before someone would use the slogan Emilokan, he should ask himself, how many people he has made, developed, and grown in politics outside his immediate family.”

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Former Edo governor, Comrade Adams Oshomohle, has the capacity to lead the Senate, according to the APC stalwart, and the office should be assigned to the South-South region, which has not had it since 1999.


As a result, Onoh pleaded with the Senate Clerk to disregard its standing regulation and allow first-time Senators to run for the job.

He added: “I’m asking that the Senate standing rules that say only the ranking members are qualified for Senate presidency should be changed or discarded since it’s not constitutional. What we need is proactive leadership, particularly now that we have more new legislators in the Senate, particularly now there is a new hope in Nigeria and in the National Assembly.

“The Senate Presidency should also be moved to the South-south and I believe that Adams Oshomohle is more qualified to be the Senate President because he showed more tenacity and support in the pursuit of this renewed hope, more so, when he is a man that stands by his words and bold enough.


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“The southeast at this time is not asking for a Senate President, but for a peaceful release on bail of Nnamdi Kanu while he attends the trial. If possible we can release Kanu to the British High Commissioner on bail from where he can attend the trial. The government should shun all the selfish individuals from the southeast using the request for the release of Kanu to their political advantage.”


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