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Senate Leadership: Group endorses Lawan, Orji Kalu

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Senate Leadership: Group endorses Lawan, Orji Kalu

The Igbo Youth Intelligential (IYI), the umbrella group of enterprising youths of Igbo extraction at home and in the Diaspora, has endorsed the candidature of Dr Ahmed Lawan and Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, for the posts of President of Senate and Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly respectively.

L-R: Former Governor of Abia State and Senator-elect, Dr. Orji Kalu, and Senator Ahmed Lawan after a meeting in Abuja

The group disclosed this in a statement signed by the National President Mr Chinedu Onyeizu.

‘’We support of Sen. Ahmed Lawan and Dr Orji Uzor Kalu’s candidacy in
upcoming Senate leadership election on account of their numerous
contributions in the development of the youth of this country.

“They are a strong voice in the advocacy of youth empowerment and
leadership and we believe that they will use their positions as
President and Deputy Senate President respectively to advance a review
of policies stifling youth participation in politics in Nigeria,” the
group said.

The group noted that both senators had a lot in common that stood
them out as the best candidates to occupy the two exalted positions in
the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the group, Sen. Lawan has the requisite experience in
parliamentary procedures since 1999 when he was first elected into House
of Representatives.

“Dr Kalu on his part is also an experience legislator and
administrator of repute and we believe that combination of the two
statesmen will guarantee a better parliamentary support to the
development of the youth of this country,” the statement quoted Onyeizu
as saying.

The group further noted that both candidates took the issue of
education of the youth seriously because of their firm belief that
empowerment of the youth must necessarily take its root in developing
their minds.

Lawan, the group said was committed to infrastructural development as
bedrock for emergence of economic development of the county and had won
the best Senator for Effective Oversight Award conferred on him by the
Nigeria Union of Journalists.

“Dr Kalu popularly known among the youths as OUK had spent his time
and resources in mentoring the youth on how to be agents of positive
change in the country through sponsorship of annual national youth
forum.

“We see in him as a bridge builder, a leader with Pan-Nigerian
sentiment, and the best replacement for the out-going Deputy Senate
President Ike Ekweremadu,” Onyeizu added.

The group reiterated that Nigeria needed leaders in the mould of Kalu
at the national assembly to facilitate positive engagement of the youth
in the decision making process of the country through quality
contributions on the floor of the Senate.

They noted that as governor of Abia,  Kalu demonstrated that
education was the bedrock of moulding great minds in the society when he
declared free primary and secondary education in the state while paying
bursary to indigenes of the state at tertiary education level.

The Group said that Kalu reinvigorated the enterprising spirit of
Abia youths adding that he also challenged and harnessed the abundance
of talents of the youth in the area through football.

“We need an action, passionate, and committed leader like OUK in our
key positions in government to break away quickly from pre-historic
sentiments that have chained the country from attaining greatness.”

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