The 2023 Presidential campaign pictures of the former governor of Abia State and the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has surfaced in the two major cities of Aba and Umuahia, the state capital.
Our correspondent reports that Kalu’s Presidential campaign pictures which were spotted at strategic places in both Umuahia and Aba were greeted with mixed feelings by the residents who were divided over Kalu’s Presidential ambition.
While a section of residents of the state believes that Sen. Kalu has the potential and better chance of emerging as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), others feared that the current agitation for self determination by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may jeopardize his presidential ambition with the likes of Ahmed Bola Tinubu also being rumoured to have the interest to run for the presidential seat in 2023.
Some political watchers including Mr. Gilbert Osondu described the emergence of Kalu’s Presidential campaign posters as a welcome development.
Osondu who described Kalu as one of the qualified southeasterners who had over the years proven to be detribalised Nigerians and one that has the political sagacity to rule the country and deliver the trust of the people, noted that it was necessary that Kalu and other Igbo leaders that wants to run for the presidential election began campaigns and also reach out to Nigerians in the six geo-political zones to woo their support.
According to Osondu, “Since Kalu is yet to make formal declaration about his presidential ambition in 2023, I will not take this seriously. Kalu may debunk any presidential interest.
“We should not equally doubt the posters. Kalu has the ability to govern Nigeria. It is his constitutional right which he must exercise. So, we can’t just dismiss such ambition.
“While I am afraid that the powers that be in APC may not give him the chance to run for the exalted seat, I want to encourage him and others who wants to run to make their ambitions known.
“We need to make it clear to political parties that the southeast would not accept anything other candidate for the presidential seat except those that gave party tickets to southerners.”