Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu has given conditions that could push him to run for presidency in 2023 even when he stated that he has no intention to run for the Nigeria’s No.1 position.
Kalu who spoke while responding to questions from reporters after being conferred with a traditional title of ‘Kibiya’ (Arrow) of Argungu Emirate by the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Mohammed Mera, in Abuja said that he would only heed to the call of Nigerians to contest for the country’s exalted seat if it becomes a consensus that he should run for President and serve them in that capacity.
When asked if he would run for the presidency in 2023 in view of agitations in the South East, Kalu said: “There is nothing like that in my mind. You should understand that there are only two zones that have not been President of Nigeria – the North East and the South East.
“So I have never thought about going to run for President. But everywhere I go people are disturbing me talking about presidency.
“I have told my family members and political associates that I want to come back to the Senate.
“The four years of my tenure in the Senate would end in 2023. I would like to come and do another one. Possibly, after my second term in the Senate, I will retire from politics and go back to my farm.”
When asked if he would if Nigerians call on him to run, he said: “Nigerian presidency is not what one can say I want. They know how to arrange it.
“No one man can make himself Nigerian President. It takes a lot of consultation across the regions. If other regions agree it could be possible.
“I have the capability and capacity to do any job given to me by every Nigerian not by some Nigerians.
“I am not running for President. I want to come back to Senate and continue serving my people.
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“This place (Senate) is a very interesting place to be. When I was a Governor I used to be in a big office alone. But in the Senate, if I am tired in my office, I will go and see the Senate President, Senate Leader, Senator Kashim Shettima or Senator Ibikunle Amosun. I find in this place a strong bond for Nigerian people.”