Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, has withdrawn his quest for presidental race ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Kalu said he is stepping down because without the support of other regions, it would be impossible for a South Easterner to be President of Nigeria.
He stressed that it would amount to a “shadow chase for a South Easterner to be President.”
Kalu said this was the reason he has been calling for the two major political parties, APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone their Presidential tickets to the South East.
“The situation in Nigeria is that without the support of other regions, it would amount to a shadow chase for a South Easterner to be President.
“This is the reason I have been in the frontline of the call that the two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party should zone their presidential tickets to the South East as they did for the South West in 1999.
”In the absence of this zoning, I shall return to the Senate and stay away from the presidential contest.
“The reality is that the North is more advantageous to win elections in this democratic setting,” he quipped.