If President Muhammadu Buhari’s favoured candidate, Ahmed Lawan, wins his bid for the office of Senate President, and former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu secures the Deputy Senate President’s seat, a room at the University of Maiduguri in troubled Borno State will make history.
Both used to be room mates at the university.
This much could be gleaned from a disclosure by Kalu of the long years of personal relationship he has had with Senator Lawan.
After meeting with President Buhari on Thursday, a strong aspirant for the post of Senate President Danjuma Goje announced his withdrawal from the race.
In a tweet endorsing the candidature of Lawan, Senator Kalu on Friday tweeted:
Yesterday for the very 1st time,I will revealed to the press,that I & Senator Ahmed Lawan have known each other for over 40 years.He was my roommate in the university.We lived in the same room in the University of Maiduguri. So I am well convinced that he’s qualified for the job.
Lawan (APC, Yobe North) has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Unimaid, a Masters in Remote Sensing from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and a PhD also in Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System (GIS) from Cranfield University, UK.
Kalu was admitted to study Political Science at Unimaid, but participated in the ‘Ali Must Go’ students’ riot of 1978. While many of the students union leaders who were suspended over the riots took the school authorities to court, Kalu left the university altogether and went into business.
He made a success of his business life and is today publisher of The Sun and The New Telegraph newspapers and chairman of SLOK airline, SLOK Vegetable Oil, Ojialex Furniture Limited, among other big business concerns.