2023: Serious Battle Looming As Another Influential APC Ex-governor Hints On Plan To Join Race
- The number of aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 presidential election is increasing
- One of those who has spoken on his desire to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari is Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
- The former Abia governor said if the APC zones the presidential ticket to the southeast, he will join the race
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Abuja - A former Abia governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has stated that he will consider joining the 2023 presidential race if the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the ticket to the southeast.
Senator Kalu said this on Tuesday, January 11, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, The Nation reports.
The Senate's chief whip thanked those who are pasting his campaign posters across the country but added that he is yet to make his mind known to the public.
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“I want to continue to thank people who are putting up my posters all over Nigeria, I have not made up my mind whether to vie for president or not.
“But if the opportunity is given to the South-East, I will think again to see if there is room because the party has not said where they are zoning the president to.
“But I know the party will bring a president who will work for the unity of the country which is more important."
2023: Northern group urges Orji Uzor Kalu to run for president
Meanwhile, a group from the northeast region - Uzor Kalu Support Group (UKSUG) had urged Kalu to run for the 2023 presidential election.
The group said Senator Kalu had wide contacts and acceptance across the country to run for the 2023 presidency.
The coordinator of UKSUG in the northeast, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf Ajiji who said this in a statement seen by Legit.ng.
He said UKSUG believes that Senator Kalu has the professional and business acumen required to consolidate on the gains so far recorded by the Buhari administration.
“We have conducted a survey across the country using different structures and the results are all pointing towards Senator Uzor Kalu as a man with wide contacts across the country, who has the wherewithal to promote unity, peace, and development post-Buhari era.
“His performance as the governor of Abia state was legendary and he has proven time and again that he has the capacity to manage men and resources.”