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The Diaspora chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in South Korea, has endorsed the ambition of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu to become the President of the 10th Senate.
A statement jointly signed by APC South Korea chairman, Mr. Yuccee Uwah, and secretary, Chief Charles Mokwe, said the chapter arrived at the decision to support Kalu after its members undertook a thorough profile assessment of Senators-elect who had so far, indicated interest for the position.
The Eastern Updates reports that Kalu recently declared interest to contest for the senate presidency. He said it was his turn to become senate president, being a ranking lawmaker from the South East, and pledged to be ‘Team Nigeria’ if elected.
According to Uwah, arising from our general meeting in Seoul, South Korea, the party identified Kalu’s parliamentary experiences, including his detribalised leadership qualities as major factors.
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‘This is most needed to govern the affairs of the senate,’ Uwah said.
He also said that Kalu’s loyalty to the progress of the party and his national spread in terms of business, political and educational alliances were other reasons for endorsing him.
Uwah appealed to the APC leadership and the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu to rally behind Kalu.
‘Members of our great party, APC Korea, have conducted thorough appraisal of aspirants vying for the office of Senate President and lead the 10th National Assembly.
‘Using verifiable indicators including but not limited to leadership traits, political exposure, governance experience, competence, cosmopolitan, and democratic credentials, the senate Chief Whip, Kalu came tops across these indicators.
‘Kalu stood head and shoulders higher than the others. In our considered view that Kalu has demonstrable competency, capability, and capacity to steer the ship of the 10th National Assembly towards cordial Executive-Legislature relationship that will consolidate our democracy.
‘Kalu fits the bill to lead the senate as its presiding officer in the next dispensation from all material particulars.
‘We believe that he has the competence, capability, and capacity to mobilise, coordinate and provide the much needed leadership that delivers results for effective legislative governance and oversight for the country.”
Uwah added that Kalu understood the needs and aspirations of all regions of the country, recalling that the senate chief whip hailed from the South-East, was educated in Maiduguri, Borno, and built his businesses in the South West, Lagos.