A group known as the All Progressives Congress Frontier Coalition has commended the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, for the role he played in convincing some aggrieved senators elected under the platform of the APC to remain in the party.
The director of the group, Tunde Kolawale, in a statement on Wednesday, praised Kalu for initiating the process of pacifying the aggrieved senators.
Kolawale also commended Kalu’s leadership and capacity in uniting the party members, noting that the ruling APC would remain the majority party in the National Assembly.
He said, “Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu used his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate a peace meeting between the aggrieved senators and the President yesterday.
“He has done very well as a party man and we must commend him for that initiative. Don’t forget the National Chairman also met with the senators. This is about human relations. Don’t forget that Senator Orji Kalu was awarded the best senator in constituency projects and human relations. He has continued to demonstrate and uphold that even in the APC.
“We must commend him, President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Ahmad Lawan and the National Chairman of our great party for being committed to the growth of our party. Senator Kalu is a thorough party man with great leadership qualities. He is a good brand for our party, a mobiliser and trailblazer.”
Some aggrieved Senators serving on the platform of the APC met with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in Abuja on Tuesday.
The senators, numbering about 22, had pledged to defect from the party over the outcome of the party’s primary elections in their states ahead of the 2023 general election.
Leader of the delegation, Kalu, said the lawmakers felt disenfranchised by the primary election process.
Speaking at the meeting, Buhari urged the Senators to exercise restraint in their decision to defect from the party.
Several APC lawmakers have defected recently.
Buhari said the defections were a threat to the APC’s majority in the National Assembly.
After the meeting, Kalu said the aggrieved Senators would no longer pursue defection from the APC.
“Earlier this afternoon, I led the 22 aggrieved Senators and members of the All Progressive Congress to President Muhammad Buhari.
“Our meeting with Mr President was successful and the issue of decamping from our party has been laid to rest,” Kalu said in a statement.