By Babajide Okeowo
Former Abia State Governor and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Tuesday became the latest entrant into the 2023 presidential race.
He joined former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi who have declared interest in contesting the presidency.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, Senator Kalu said while he has nothing against the aspiration of Mr Tinubu, he believes that the South-East is ripe for the Presidency and that it should be the turn of the region to produce the next President.
“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 health-wise, I’m capable as a person, I’m capable in my pocket. I’m capable of facing 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.”