- Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state, has been endorsed to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023
- The endorsement of the Senate chief whip was by a pro-democracy group under the aegis of Political Movement Alliance
- Kalu, one of the leaders of the ruling APC in the southeast region of Nigeria, was described as a de-tribalised politician
Abuja - The chief whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has been endorsed for the 2023 presidential race.
Kalu on Monday, December 6, secured the endorsement of a pro-democracy group under the aegis of Political Movement Alliance (PMA), The Guardian reports.
Akinpelumi Bode, the national secretary of PMA said that the leadership of the group, made up of 36 state coordinators, wholeheartedly endorsed Orji to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a communiqué issued after the group’s monthly convention in Abuja, Bode noted that the former governor is a de-tribalised politician, potential candidate, and an accomplished business entrepreneur.
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An Igbo man should be the next president
According to him, the group strongly believes that the presidential power should shift to the southeast as Igbos have stood behind several leaders from different tribes in times past, Eagle Online added.
He went on to note that if the country really wants to heal from the scars of the civil war, an Igbo man must be supported to lead Nigeria.
In the spirit of nationhood, equity, fairness and justice, the national secretary of PMA urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cede its presidential ticket to the southeast region.
2023: Northern group urges Orji Uzor Kalu to run for president
The group said Senator Kalu has wide contacts and acceptance across the country to run for the 2023 presidency.
The coordinator of UKSUG in the northeast, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf Ajiji, said this in a statement seen by Legit.ng.
2023: Buhari says he would not spend a day longer in office
Meanwhile, President Buhari has said he would not spend a day longer in office even as he denied nursing any plan to extend his tenure beyond May 29, 2023.
The president made the comment during a meeting with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said those who attempted to extend their tenures were disgraced and he wouldn't attempt it.