10th Senate: Kalu, Yari form alliance against Akpabio


Ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly on 13th June, a former governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has revealed an alliance with former Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari against another contender, Godswill Akpabio for the office of the Senate President.

Recall, the All Progressives Congress ( APC), zoned the senate president and deputy senate president to South South and North West to Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senator Jibrin Barau respectively.

However Senator Kalu, a contender for the senate presidency while briefing newsmen on Tuesday said he is still in the race and in working alliance with another aspirant, Abdulaziz Yari from Zamfara State.

“I won’t step down for anybody. We are talking with governor Yari. Our group and his group are talking, intimate talk and partnership. We will make sure that no one zone can produce the senate presidency.

 “Like I used to tell people, no one zone can produce the president of Nigeria. What we are trying to do with senator Yari is a united partnership that will work for Nigeria. In the coming days or weeks, that partnership will be unveiled, so we are in serious talks.

“I cannot deny it – Yari is a friend of mine and I’m his friend and we have decided to talk. We have been speaking for the past four weeks and the result will be unveiled by our sponsors, he has his sponsors and I have my sponsors. 

“So the sponsors will come together to decide what direction this partnership will be. I’ll be very happy to reveal what the sponsors will say. Two of us are thinking of the integrity of the senate and support President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima who were our colleagues. If you are thinking that what happened during Saraki’s time, it will never happen again.

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‘We won’t disappoint Nigerians. We are capable of representing ourselves – Yari-Kalu – Kalu-Yari – we won’t disappoint Nigerians. We will give Nigerians what they require and the Nigerian people won’t be disappointed” he said.


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