The Chief Whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu, has said he will only consider contesting for the office of the president in 2023 if the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) zones its presidential ticket to the South East region.
Kalu stated this while speaking to NAN, on Tuesday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after arriving from his Christmas and New Year break.
Many pro-democracy groups have endorsed Kalu and expressed their readiness to see that he emerges as the flag bearer of the APC in the 2023 presidential election.
Also, the presidential campaign posters of the former Abia State governor have been spotted in major cities across the country.
While commending the groups drumming support for him to vie for president in 2023, Kalu said that they found him worthy to deliver good governance to the nation, adding that he had not made up his mind to contest.
“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,” Kalu said.
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Bola Tinubu, formally confirmed his 2023 presidential ambition after informing President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday.
The APC stalwart, who spoke after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the State House, Abuja, said though he had made his intention known to the president, he would continue to consult with Nigerians.
He dismissed the impression that a kingmaker cannot become a king, saying that he would like to take over from Buhari in 2023 to continue with the good works of the ruling APC.