- Orji Kalu has come under fire for his comment on the 2023 presidency
- The former Abia governor, during a visit to Gen Ibrahim Babangida, had declared that there was no zoning conflict in APC
- In a swift response, SEFORP2023 berated Kalu for not facing the realities that "power is coming to the south" after President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has come under fierce criticism following a statement attributed to him on the 2023 presidency where he was quoted to have said there was no zoning conflict in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor was criticised by a campaigner group, Southeast for President 2023 Movement (SEFORP2023).
In a statement on Tuesday, September 1, the lawmaker was told to “embrace realities” and stop ruling out zoning arrangement for the country's most revered seat in 2023.
Legit.ng recalls that Kalu was in Minna, Niger state on Monday, August 31, for a private visit to Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, two former heads of state.
It was there the former Abia governor dismissed the insinuation that there was a crisis in the ruling APC as a result of zoning for the 2023 presidency.
But in a swift response, SEFORP2023, through its national coordinator, Okechukwu Obioha, expressed disappointment in Kalu's position that anybody is free to contest the 2023 presidency on the platform of APC.
“SEFORP2023 is grossly feeling disappointed that the above statement is coming from a supposed representative of people of the South East as a Senator and no less a position as the Chief Whip of the Senate. It is to say the least very unfortunate.
“We advise him to reconsider his position as stated and know that the Presidency residing in the North will come down to the South and that it will morally be the right and turn of the South-East zone.
"Kalu should better embrace realities and stand for what is right for the collective interest of Nigeria than play the ostrich,” the group said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kalu who is the Senate chief whip, on Monday, August 1, declared that he would gladly serve as Nigeria’s president if the electorates gave him the opportunity. T
The senator said this in Minna during a private visit to Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in his Niger state residence.
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