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2023: Orji Kalu withdraws from presidential race, backs Lawan


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The Chief Whip of the House of Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has announced his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race.

The Lawmaker, who earlier declared his intention to run on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC stated this in a statement he personally signed on Monday.

He explained that his decision followed inability of the two major political parties to zone their ticket to the South East for justice and fairness.

He therefore called for the support of the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan who joined the presidential race on Monday.

The former governor of Abia State said he has picked ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

See full text of Senator Kalu’s statement below:

“I congratulate my friend, former roommate, and boss, Senator Ahmad Lawan as he picks form to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I am most glad because he is from the North East, the only zone alongside South East that is yet to produce the President of Nigeria. I have always maintained an unambiguous stand that for justice, equity, and fairness in our country, the next president of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari should come from the South East or the North East.

“I have also told Nigerians that I would only run for president if the two major political parties (APC and PDP) zone their tickets to the South East. That is why I was disappointed with our southern brothers who are talking about fairness and equity but have zero tolerance for the same fairness and equity in the South.

In the absence of a South Easterner being president of Nigeria in 2023, I have my full support for a North Easterner. This is because it would be the closest to the equity, fairness, and justice everyone is talking about. It further means that justice is on its way to the South East.

“I thank those who said they have picked the presidential form for me because they meant well for Nigerians.

“However, since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians, I officially withdraw from the presidential contest in 2023. I have also picked a ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone and to complete the good work I started in Abia North.

“I urge all my friends, allies, and supporters in the APC to toe the line of justice by supporting Senator Ahmad Lawan, a North Easterner for the presidential ticket of the APC”

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