By Godson Ikiebey-

The Senator-elect for Abia North and former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu on Thursday, March 14, 2019 said that he had put his political differences with his successor behind him and was prepared to work harmoniously with him in the Senate.

Kalu said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Umuahia, after receiving his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) in Abuja. The former governor said:

“I have forgiven him (Orji) for the benefit of Abia people and we are going to work as one family in the Senate 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”.

The former governor who won the March 9, 2019 National Assembly election after two consecutive attempts, said that he would work assiduously to re-write the history of representation in his senatorial district.

“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 promised that the ninth Senate would reverse the unnecessary delay in the passage of the annual budget.

According to him, the Senate would ensure that the Appropriation Bills received expeditious consideration, 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 also 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”.

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