- Orji Uzor Kalu has hinted on his 2023 presidential ambition
- The former chief whip of the Senate said that he plans to build a 20th-century economy for Nigeria if given the chance
- The former Abia governor boasted that he is capable of doing the job
Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia state, has revealed his grand plan for Nigeria if he becomes the president in 2023.
The former chief whip in the Senate told journalists in Umuahia, the state's capital, that if granted the opportunity to take over the presidential seat, he will build a 20th-century economy for the country, The Sun reports.
The senator said: “Yes, if you give me the presidency, why not, I will take. I am capable of doing the job.
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Stressing his desire to not only return to the Senate, Kalu categorically said: "...if the people of Nigeria want me to be president, they will show the hand. I can do the job. I can build a 20th-century economy for our people.”
However, Kalu pointed out that not many persons are capable of doing the job and that for him, he is more pre-occupied on developing his constituency.
He said: “The problem is who is capable of doing the job. For now, I am focusing on my constituency; there is a lot of job to be done."
Earlier, Kalu came 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.
Also, Kalu explained why he visited former heads of state, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd), Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), Niger state governor, Sani Bello, and the Emir of Minna, Dr. Umar Faruq.
The former governor of Abia state was in Minna, on Monday, August 31, for his private visit to Niger state.
According to him, the visit was personal.
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