As campaign for the South-east to produce the next Senate President for the 9th National Assembly gathers momentum, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said his mind.
According to Ngige, the former governor of Abia State, now senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is qualified for the position.
The former Anambra State governor stated this in an interview with TheSun, he said, both Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and Senator Ben Uwajimogu are fully qualified for the position and should be considered by their party, APC.
“I am from the Southeast, naturally I should support it. We also have APC legislators now that are ranking from the Southeast unlike the former time.
“We have those that are ranking now. We have Ben Uwajimogu, he is now a two-term Senator, he is coming back from the ruling party. We have Dr Orji Uzor Kalu.
“Orji Uzor Kalu was a Federal Assembly legislator during the military regime, it’s counted, because it was a National Assembly, so he has got some ranking, so he is ranking from the House of Reps, is counting for him.
“Therefore, Orji Uzor Kalu is also qualified. Okorocha’s case will be determined before then. We now have some senators unlike the last time when we had zero non-party senator coming from the Southeast.
“There was nobody at all. So, the Southeast should definitely be in the equation, I mean the proportion of Senate presidency.