A group from Akwa Ibom, known as the Coalition for Better Nigeria Under Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has expressed its support for Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his bid for the position of the 10th Senate President.
The group sent a letter to the three senators from Akwa Ibom, including Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is also vying for the Senate presidency. The letter urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the elected senators to consider Kalu and elect him as the next Senate President.
In the letter, which was issued on Wednesday and signed by the coordinator, Solomon Akpan, the group emphasized that Kalu’s appointment would contribute to the stability of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government. They highlighted Kalu’s experience and capacity, stating that he would play a crucial role in promoting unity and national peace.
The Akwa Ibom-based coalition firmly believes that Kalu’s leadership qualities and track record make him a suitable candidate for the role of Senate President in the 10th National Assembly. Their endorsement underscores their confidence in Kalu’s ability to contribute positively to the nation’s governance under President Tinubu.
The letter read in parts “We are a group of Nigerians formed into a union to offer technical support and advice, unsolicited but from patriotic point of view to assist President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take decisions that will heal past wounds, reconcile various interest, give all Nigerians a sense of belonging and foster national unity, peace and stability.
“We write to Congratulate you on your election as Senators representing the three Senatorial (geopolitical) districts of Akwa Ibom. We deem it as well deserved and a call for duty. We count on you to help Mr. President to serve Nigerians well and bring about the unity of the country.
From Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all Senators elect and wish them the best legislative experience. As the National Assembly will be inaugurated on 13th June 2023, our Coalition and indeed the masses of Akwa Ibom State solicit your support to elect Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State elected under the platform of APC who hails from South East as President of the Senate. We consider this call as a patriotic duty which we owe to stabilize Nigeria and set the tone for the healing, restoration of peace and stability in the South East.
Orji Uzor Kalu is a seasoned politician, well experienced and exposed to the workings of the Senate of the Federal Republic. He has been an uncompromising pillar of support to President Tinubu and the APC as a party.
South East over the years has remained a stronghold of opposition until the intervention of His Excellency, Senator Kalu and other stakeholders in the zone and today, APC can boast of more vote than ever and six Senators from the zone in the about to be formed Senate.
His Excellency, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is seen by us as the national consensus that should be embraced by all stakeholders due to the significant long-term benefits it will bring to Nigeria. In particular, working with the new government to address the Biafra agitation and the issue of exclusion that the South East zone has raised concerns about during the previous administration.
“Most respectfully, let Senators vote for the unity, oneness and progress of Nigeria. We thank and congratulate you once again.” the group said.