Claiming secularity, Kalu opposes Muslim Senate presidency
Lays claim to seat as ‘most senior’ lawmaker
Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu has indicated that the 10th Assembly could not afford to vote for a Muslim Senate President, citing Nigeria’s secularity.
The former Abia State governor, who backed the same faith ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that produced President-elect Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, observed that having another Muslim as Senate President would not augur well for the country.
The ruling party’s National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is equally a Muslim from Nasarawa State.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja, Kalu noted: “In a secular state, you will need to accommodate interest and spread to maintain the secularity of the country.
“I believe in a Muslim-Muslim presidency, but I do not believe in a Muslim Senate President because it will not go fine for our country.”
Indicating interest for the seat and stating it was his turn, he restated: “I will not be comfortable with a Muslim Senate President because this is a secular state.”
The chief whip urged APC to zone the office to his South East geopolitical zone.
“And so, I will like the party to zone it to my zone, to my village in Igbere because President-elect Tinubu needs people of high character to turn around the economy and work for the masses. I am an economic person, an entrepreneur,” he said.
Kalu insisted that he is the most qualified lawmaker for the seat going by Senate rules and his pedigree.
He went on: “The Senate has rules. Let me be honest with you, if we practise true democracy, I should not be in contest with anybody, because apart from the Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Senate Leader, I am the next ranking member in the Senate, going by the position I occupy today in the Ninth Senate.”