I’ll run for president if APC zones ticket to South-East, says Orji Kalu

The Senate chief whip, Orji Kalu, says he will consider running for president in 2023 if the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones its presidential ticket to the South-East.

“If 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,” Mr Kalu told journalists in Abuja.

Apart from Mr Kalu, APC national leader Bola Tinubu and his protege, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, are also interested in being Nigeria’s president in 2023.

While reacting to posters of his campaign posters flooding major cities in major cities across the country, the former Abia State governor said he was yet to decide if he would vie for president.

“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,” he added. “But I know the party will bring a president who will work for the unity of the country, which is more important.” 

Many pro-democracy groups have endorsed Mr Kalu and expressed their readiness to see that he emerges as the candidate of the APC in the 2023 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Mr Tinubu formally declared his interest in the presidential seat after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

Mr Osinbajo informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to run for president in 2023 and sought the blessing of his principal, who did not make immediate commitments.


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