In 1993, Orji Uzo Kalu won a seat into the National Assembly as a member of House of Representatives. He did not need to wait for the TOO YOUNG TO RUN BILL to be passed. Orji Uzo Kalu was a trader of no mean Standards. Before the age of 30, Orji Uzo Kalu was already a millionaire. He understands the business skills and what it takes to be a formidable business mogul at that young age. He horned his leadership skills at a very young age.
Orji Uzo Kalu believes in the handshake across the Niger and partnership towards the desert (the North). Orji very well believes in a national discourse; bringing everybody, irrespective of tribe, religion, ethnicity, creed, or status to the table for national harmony. Orji Uzo Kalu has that sagacity to work into any leaders’ house, no matter the status or position, and his voice will not only be heard but taken into firm consideration. OUK is a bridge builder.
In 1998, at the beginning of this democratic dispensation, Sen Orji Uzo Kalu played quite a significant role in giving this democratic era some teeth. He not only deployed his huge resources, he played significant roles in the formation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
No wonder he easily won the Governorship of Abia State. Orji Uzo Kalu believes in building people. As he ran for Governor of Abia State, he also deployed his resources in sponsoring the President, Governors, Senators, House of Representatives members, House of Assembly members, etc.
Orji Uzo Kalu brought in many Local Government Chairmen, commissioners, Special Advisers, Concillors, etc into political leadership OUK is a political leader who has mentored many people, raised many other leaders, and is still pioneering national discourse that is bringing many different peoples to the table of brotherhood.
In 2007, Orji Uzo Kalu contested for President under his newly formed party, then PPA. Though he did not make it, the party produced a governor in Abia, and subsequently, another one in Imo State.
Today out of the three tripods we have in Nigeria, the Southwest has produced the President, the North Vice President, and it will be natural that the other tripod, Southeast will produce the number 3 man, the President of the Senate. In 2015, Orji Uzo Kalu made his debut in the Senate. He easily won again in 2019 and was elected the Chief Whip of Senate. Today, there is no Senator more experienced like Orji Uzo Kalu from the Southeast to be considered for that position. In fact, the Senate President should be *”zoned to him”* to balance the equation of leadership in Nigeria.
Senator Orji Uzo Kalu represents the good people of Abia North Senatorial District, and he has done very well as a Senator. He was one of the first senators from Southeast elected under the platform of APC. So he stands in a very good staid to be elected by his colleagues in the Senate as the Senate President. The APC has the majority of members in the senate. Therefore, it is pertinent for the colleagues of Orji Uzo Kalu in the Senate to look towards him for this position. He will no doubt aquit himself as in other positions he has held in the past.
*This is Orji Uzo Kalu O’clock as Senate President*; let’s not make a mistake about it. Senator Orji Uzo Kalu will bring to the table his bridge building skills and experience, as well as his political leadership credentials as a builder of men and women to play to make our country better; being the head of the third arm of government; the National Assembly.