As the race for the 10th House of Assembly speakership race hots up, One of the candidates, Benjamin Kalu, has withdrawn from the race.
Kalu made this known in a press statement made available on Tuesday May 9,2023.
According to the Abia politician, he would now concentrate on becoming the deputy Speaker of the HOR.
The lawmaker who represents Bende Federal Constituency, Abia State, thanked his supporters throughout the period of contesting for the Speakership seat.
He further applauded the All Progressives Congress for nominating him for the position of Deputy Speaker.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress, on Monday, nominated Abbas Tajudeen as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
”I wish to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all who have tirelessly supported my candidacy for the Speakership position of the 10th Assembly. I believed this position was ideal for the Southeast region, as it has not produced a Speaker in the last 40 years.
”However, as a firm believer in Party supremacy, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the Speakership Position and fully accept the nomination for the position of Deputy Speaker of the 10th Assembly in line with the directives of our Party the All Progressives Congress. This decision aligns with the Party’s commitment to fairness, equity, and inclusiveness in all of its leadership selection processes.”