The second-time senator stated that he would go against the dictate of the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC), if the party and openly vie for the Deputy Senate president seat if the party refuse to make him the Senate president.
He added that in interest of equity and justice, the seat which have been zone to the North West should be left in South-east.
in a statement, the senator-elect said: “I’m a very loyal party man. The party has zoned the Senate presidency to the North-East and I want to respect the party’s will; but the second position is what we are not going to allow to leave the South-East.
“So, as far as I’m concerned, in the South-East, I’m going to run openly on the floor of the House for the position of Deputy Senate President.
“I am not going to listen to the party, neither will I listen to anybody. Nobody that wants to be the Deputy Senate President is more loyal than I am to the party.
“I have suffered for the party and have been called by Nigerians to come out. I want the party to respect the will of every other person and I’m committed to democracy and contesting on the floor of the House.”
He stressed that he was qualified for the position having been a part of the legislature from 1991 to 1993 and also a two-time governor.