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Politics of Wednesday, 12 January 2022


Orji Uzor Kalu says he is the 'most prepared presidential candidate in Nigeria'

Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu (APC-Abia) Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu (APC-Abia)

Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu (APC-Abia) has urged the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider a candidate from the southeast as its presidential flagbearer ahead of its National Convention.

He opined that as far as the party is zoning the presidential ticket to the south, then it is imperative that the southeast should take preference to anybody else that was trying to run.

The former governor of Abia made this known to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

On his ambition to run for president, Kalu said, "I'm the most prepared presidential candidate in Nigeria. I’m capable health-wise, I’m capable to face anybody but our party, the APC, is supreme. I only wait for APC as a party."

While reacting to the interest of the National Leader of the APC, Mr Bola Tinubu, to contest, the lawmaker said while he has nothing against the aspiration of Tinubu, he believed that southeast is ripe for the presidency.

"I don’t see Tinubu's ambition having any effect on the president of Nigeria coming from Igbos.

"We are talking based on how Nigeria should be, we are talking who people should believe in.

"No Igbo man since independence has been democratically elected as president," he said.

Recall, MyNigeria reported that the National Leader of the ruling party informed newsmen of his intention to run for the presidency after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari on Monday, January 10, 2022.