Sen. Orji Kalu, former Governor of Abia State and Senate Chief Whip, has stated that if the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones its presidential ticket to the South-East, he will consider running for president in 2023.
After returning at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Tuesday, January 11 after the Christmas and New Year holiday, the former Governor told reporters that he hasn’t decided whether or not to run.
“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 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.”
In other news, the Catholic Bishop of Uyo Diocese, Akwa Ibom State, Most Rev. John Ayah, has stated that the Nigerian presidency should be allowed to travel around the country’s geographical zones, since each zone has something to offer to the country’s progress and economic well-being.
The Bishop made the statement at the end of the annual diocese prayer and fasting assembly, held at Cardinal Ekanem Seminary grounds along Brook Street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, saying that no group should have a stronghold on leadership.
In the words of the Bishop: “Let leadership go round, everybody has something to contribute and when we bring all these contributions together, we make Nigeria great again. Leadership is not meant for a particular group, what makes a particular group better than others?”
”If we have good leaders in the north, we have them in the west, and in the south as well. Let leadership go round so that everybody shares in it. It is like cake, when everybody shares in it, nobody will be angry, nobody will be disgruntled at the end of the day.
“God has blessed us in this country and each of us from our various vantage points has something to contribute to the growth and well-being of this country. The Igbo man has something to contribute, the man from the north has something to contribute, the man from the west also has something to contribute.
“And we from this part of the country (south) also have something to contribute and we’ll bring all these contributions to make Nigeria great. God has given us what it takes to be a great nation.we should look towards that direction and see what God has in store for us and make Nigeria great”