Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and a presidential aspirant in the 2023 general election, on Monday evening announced his withdrawal from the race.
In a statement obtained by Newsbreak, Kalu said his decision was informed by the fact that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will do without zoning and throw the presidential race open.
According to him, if a candidate of southeast extraction fails to get the APC ticket, he will support a candidate from the Northeast. He also announced that he has picked his ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone.
“Since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians , I officially withdraw from presidential contest in 2023. I have also picked ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone and to complete the good work I started in Abia North.
“I urge all my friends, allies and supporters in the APC to toe the line of justice by supporting Senator Ahmad Lawan, a North Easterner for the presidential ticket of the APC,” Kalu’s statement reads in part.