The All Progressives Congress, APC has managed to console the South East with the position of Chief Whip in the 9th Senate.
This is attributed to the abysmal performance of the party in the zone at the recently concluded general elections, during which “the Igbo put all their eggs in one basket.”
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party Yekini Nabena, explained that the Igbos should have themselves to blame for losing out in the slot to either become the Senate President or Deputy Senate President.
Reacting to Senator elect, Orji Uzor Kalu’s insistence of contesting for either the Senate President or Deputy, Nabena stated that the former governor of Abia state was bound to lose.
APC, taking a lot into consideration zoned the Senate President position to North-East, Deputy Senate President to the North-West, and Chief Whip to the South-East.
But Kalu was not impressed by the development, arguing that the South East had been slighted.
On his own, the APC washed its hand off Kalu’s grievances, insisting said that the South-East should blame itself for queuing behind Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP in the just concluded general elections.
“Nobody is stopping Kalu from contesting for the position of Senate President, the reality is that he cannot win since the zoning arrangement didn’t favour him,” said the Publicity Secretary.
According to him, rather than getting angry with APC leadership, Kalu should blame his people in the South-East for putting all their eggs in one basket by rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari and casting over 90 percent of their votes for Atiku.
“He (Kalu) can contest for the position of Senate President. But the issue is, can he win? Nobody is stopping him from contesting. Igbo people always play themselves out. So, Kalu cannot blame APC.
“He should blame his own people from the South-East. He should blame them because they don’t know how to play politics. They play politics like a one-way thing. They all voted for Atiku in the presidential election. So, now that Atiku lost, who will help people like Orji Kalu? 99.9 percent of them followed Atiku.
“So, what is Kalu crying for? He should go back to his people and educate them on how politics is played especially at the national level. They should play 50-50. If this one didn’t work, the other can work.
“So, Orji Uzor Kalu must go back to his people and educate them because he himself is not worthy to be Senate President or Deputy Senate President. So, if he wants to contest, he can do so. Nobody is stopping him. But I know that he cannot win,” the APC spokesman told Daily Independent.