I'm prepared to work together with Orji in Abia interest - Kalu
By Steve Oko
Former Abia Governor and senator -elect for Abia North, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said the days of political enmity with his successor, Senator Theodore Orji were over.
Kalu said he was prepared to work in harmony with his Abia Central counterpart in the over all interest of the state.
Kalu who was the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, displaced Senator Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as he was declared winner of the contest which Ohuabunwa said was inconclusive.
In a telephone interview shortly after he received his Certificate of Return in Abuja Thursday, Kalu said Abia interest was what mattered to him "now ".
The former Governor said he had totally forgiven Orji who was once his political ally.
His words "I have forgiven him (Orji) for the benefit of Abia people and we are going to work as one family in the interest of Abia and Nigeria.
"We are going to have a robust relationship in the Senate because the interest of Abia and Abians is uppermost to me."
Kalu also promised to work hard to give the people of Abia North quality representation.
He also promised to build bridge across ethnic nationalities for a better Nigeria.
Kalu said he would partner with the Federal Government to attract the needed federal presence in Abia North.
"There is a lot of work to do for my constituency and we shall work to support the programmes of the Federal Government to ensure they succeed," he said.
Kalu who frowned at the "unnecessary delays " in passage of budget, promised to work towards reversing the trend.
He said that the ninth Senate would ensure that the Appropriation Bills received speedy consideratios, once they were presented by the President.
"The consideration and passage of budget estimates would not exceed three months. Once the president presents the bill in September, by December we would have concluded the consideration.
"By so doing, the budget would be ready by January for the president's assent," Kalu said. He said that during the consideration of the budget, the ministers would be restrained from embarking on overseas trips.
"They must be available during the budget defence. They would not be allowed to travel overseas until the budget is ready".