- The presidential ambition of other APC aspirants has been pitched against that of Senate President Ahmad Lawan
- This is being done by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who believes other hopefuls should drop their bid for Lawan
- In fact, Kalu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pick the Senate boss as his successor in 2023
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for electing Atiku Abubakar as its 2023 presidential candidate.
In his Facebook post on Sunday, May 29, Kalu was pleased that Atiku is from the northeast because, in his view, the region should produce the next president.
Therefore, the former Abia governor called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick Ahmad Lawan, the Senate president as its flagbearer ahead of the forthcoming election.
He advised all other aspirants to drop their ambition for Lawan, who is equally from the northeastern part of Nigeria.
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Even more, the Senate's chief whip, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to pick Lawan as his successor, arguing that this is what is expected in a democratic setting.
The former governor stated:
"President Muhammad Buhari has a right to choose his successor and I call on him to pick Senator Ahmad Lawan as his successor. In every democratic setting, presidents and governors support and pick their successors."
He went on to state that it will be equity for the southeast if a president of northeastern extraction emerges, adding that the talk about a southern presidency is no longer feasible except "the APC wants to go on political retirement."
"By now, all APC aspirants should drop their ambition and support a northeasterner. Senator Ahmad Lawan is the destination.
"Congratulations to the North East as we look forward to a president of Nigeria from the northeast."
2023: I’m not running as a northern aspirant, Lawan says
Meanwhile, Lawan had said that Nigerians should judge him by his qualifications and not by where he comes from.
Lawan said he is running for president as a Nigerian and not as a northern candidate.
He disclosed that it was not abnormal for a senator to become president.