Why I May Contest 2023 Presidency, Prominent Southeast APC Senator Reveals

Why I May Contest 2023 Presidency, Prominent Southeast APC Senator Reveals

  • Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has said he is not interested in the presidency in 2023 and his current political goal is to return to Senate
  • The southeast APC chieftain, however, said he has the capacity to rule Nigeria and will accept the offer if other regions agree that he should run
  • Nevertheless, the Abia South senator said the focus at the moment should be on Nigeria's unity, not the 2023 elections

Argungu Emirate, Kebbi state - Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has expressed his willingness to contest the 2023 presidential election only if Nigerians canvassed his candidature.

The Punch reported that the Abia South senator and former governor of Abia state, however, said his ambition, for now, is to return to the Senate in 2023.

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Senator Orji Uzor Kalu: Why I May Contest 2023 Presidency
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu says his main political goal is to return to Senate but does not rule out the possibility of running for president. Photo credit: Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
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Legit.ng gathers that Kalu who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated this during an interactive session with journalists after receiving the traditional title of Kibiya of Argungu Emirate from the Emir, Alhaji Mohammed Mera.

His words:

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“I don’t have Presidential ambition ahead of 2023 because my plan for now is to return to the Senate which to me is a very interesting place to mingle with other Nigerians and serve one’s father’s land.
“There are only two zones that have not produce the President of Nigeria, including the North-East. I have never thought of running for presidency."

Nevertheless, Senator Kalu noted that people have been asking him to run for the presidency in the next general elections.

The APC chieftain said though he is not interested in the number one seat, he will accept it "if the arrangement was done" and he was "picked".

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His words:

"However, everywhere I go, everybody is asking me to contest in 2023. I have told the leadership of the Senate, my wife and my immediate family members, including my mother, that I want to come back to the Senate."

The former governor added:

“Nigeria President is not what I want; they know how they arrange it, if the arrangement was done and I was picked; no problem.
“It takes a lot of consultations. Other regions must agree that I should run, it could be possible because I have the capacity and ability to do the job giving to me by every Nigerian not by some people.”

He, however, said the security and unity of Nigeria should be the focus of all Nigerians now, rather than the politics of 2023, The Cable also reported.

Orji Uzor Kalu floors EFCC as court stops retrial

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying Kalu.

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Kalu who is the Senate chief whip is being prosecuted based on the N7.1 billion money laundering charge the anti-graft agency earlier preferred against him.

Legit.ng gathered that Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order on Wednesday, September 29, in a judgment on an application filed by the former governor asking the court to prohibit the EFCC from retrying him on a charge for which he had already been tried and convicted.

Former governor Kalu shows off his dance steps

On a lighter note, Senator Kalu recently stirred many reactions among Instagram users after his dancing video was shared online by @Instablog9ja.

In the short clip, the senator danced as he was surrounded by his colleagues who cheered him on. At a point in the video, he asked the DJ to switch the song to DJ Kaywise and Phyno's High Way.

When the song came on, Senator Kalu infused much energy into his moves as he clapped and danced. Many Nigerians who reacted to the video found it really amusing as some wondered why he was so happy.

Source: Legit.ng

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