10th Senate Presidency: Bishop Eke Backs Orji Kalu, Tells Tinubu, APC To Avoid Sycophants
Bishop Silas Eke of Kingly People’s Assembly, today, said it is supporting the emergence of the current Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu as next Senate President for the 10th Assembly.
Eke, in a chat with newsmen at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, explained that it is only fair that the next Senate President emerges from the South East, adding that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu must shun sycophants and rally round the former Abia State Governor to emerge as the next Senate President.
Eke maintained that Kalu has demonstrated great leadership acumen and managerial skills needed of a modern day Nigerian leader, stressing that his achievement as the current Chief Whip of the Senate and senator representing Abia North Senatorial District speaks volume about his capacity.
He said: “Beyond consideration of South East for the position, the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) must avoid sycophants and rally round Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to emerge as the next Senate President. In Kalu, we shall have a Senate President with the needed national appeal and sophisticated contacts that would help the incoming government set the ball rolling.”
He advised the president-elect to see all Nigerians as his constituency, urging him to design policies and programmes to better their lots.
Eke urged Tinubu not to use his time as president to settle political scores.
He also advised Tinubu to choose his cabinet members on merit, urging him to shun mediocrity and partisanship, urging him to avoid those he called “agents of division and sycophants” if he wants to succeed.
Eke said Tinubu would make a difference if he avoid such people during his tenure.
Eke said: “To make a difference, you must do things differently. You must embrace every section of the country irrespective of tribe and religion. You cannot continue with the old ways and be different.
“Tinubu must develop the will to be tenacious, unbendable and resolute in your convictions. For example, people would try to tell him that the Igbos didn’t vote for him, because of that they should be humiliated and shut out; people like that are the real enemies of Nigeria and agents of division. Our president-elect should avoid people like that for peace and stability,” he said.