- TB Joshua has denied endorsing Orji Kalu as Nigeria's next president
- The Synagogue Church founder said there was no time he ever endorsed Orji as President Muhammadu Buhari's successor
- Orji, a former governor and serving senator from the southeast, has been tipped to contest for the biggest office in the country
TB Joshua, founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, has distanced himself from the media report linking him with a prophecy that Senator Orji Uzor Kalu will become Nigeria's president come 2023.
The Nigerian televangelist, 57, debunked the media report in a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Monday, December 28.
Kalu, a former governor of Anambra state and current chief whip of the Nigerian Senate, has been rumoured to be eyeing the country's biggest stool.
Although no official confirmation on Kalu's 2023 ambition has been made, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain is one of the leading candidates to take the top job should the ruling party zone its presidential ticket to the southeast.
Legit.ng notes that there have been myriad demands championed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex socio political group, for an Igbo man to take-over from President Muhammadu Buhari when his tenure expires.
Speaking on the alleged endorsement of the former governor, Joshua, whose full name is Temitope Balogun Joshua, said the story circulating titled "Orji Kalu is Nigeria's Next President is not from him.
"Fake news alert, please be informed that the story circulating titled "Orji Kalu is Nigeria's Next President, says TB Joshua" is not from TB Joshua.
"TB Joshua is not around; he is at the Prayer Mountain in a rural area for the past five days."
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Meanwhile, Dayo Adeyeye, a former lawmaker and minister of state for work, has lifted the lids on the reason behind the establishment of South-West Agenda (SWAGA), an initiative launched for the presidential movement of Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor, ahead of 2023.
Speaking with Saturday Sun, the former lawmaker said SWAGA was launched because of the belief in the capacity and the ability of "Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead Nigeria at this present time."
Don't contest - Owie urges Tinubu
In a related development, Tinubu has been urged to drop the presidential ambition for 2023.
The appeal was made on Wednesday, December 23, by a former lawmaker and Senate chief whip, Roland Owie.
Owie further explained that justice is to allow other regions to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor since the zoning arrangement began from the southwest.
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