A former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has disclosed his ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Kalu said it is time for the South East region to produce the next President, adding that the region has enough credible and qualified candidates to succeed Buhari.
The Senate Chief Whip asserted that he is ready to vie for the number one position in the country with the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and other presidential hopefuls.
According to the former governor, he is the most prepared presidential candidate in the country, adding that he is only waiting for the APC to zone its ticket to the South East.
Kalu stated that he has nothing against Tinubu’s aspiration, saying that the ambition of the APC leader does not stop the Igbo presidency.
He said: “I do not see Tinubu’s aspiration having any effect on the President of Nigeria coming from the Igbo area. Because we are talking based on what Nigeria should be.
“We are talking based on what people should believe. Obasanjo has been President for eight years. Osinbajo is doing eight years as Vice President. And no Igbo man since independence has been a democratically elected President. So it is always good to think of what is reasonable and what will be more sellable.
“I’m the most prepared Presidential candidate in Nigeria. I’m capable healthwise, I’m capable as a person, I’m capable in my pocket. I’m capable to face anybody. But the party is supreme. I only wait for APC as a party.
“For me, contesting for President is not the issue. The issue is who is going to lead the country into an economic miracle, into a turnaround. I’m not against Tinubu. If it’s zoned to his area and the party said he should go. Well, the party is supreme. I’m only waiting for the party.”
Kalu’s comments follow the public declaration of the APC national leader to become the president in 2023.
The former Lagos State Governor confirmed that he had informed President Muhammadu Buhari about his intention to run in the 2023 presidential race.
Speaking with State House correspondents on Monday, Tinubu said he has not informed Nigerians of his ambition because he is still consulting with stakeholders.