Nigerian senator and ex-governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu who declared interest to run for 2023 presidency under the APC has officially withdrawn.
Kalu announced his official withdrawal in a statement on Monday.
According to him, the decision to withdraw was the fact that the ruling APC will not be zoning the presidency to any region.
He said if a South-East aspirant failed to get the APC ticket, he would support a candidate from another part of the country.
The statement read “I congratulate my friend, former roommate and boss, Senator Ahmad Lawan, as he picks form to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC). I am most glad because he is from the North-East, the only zone alongside the South-East that is yet to produce President of Nigeria.
“I have always maintained an unambiguous stand that for justice, equity and fairness in our country, the next president of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari should come from the South-East or the North-East.
“I have also told Nigerians that I would only run for president if the two major political parties (APC and PDP) zone their tickets to the South-East. That is why I was disappointed with our southern brothers who are talking about fairness and equity but has zero tolerance for the same fairness and equity in the South.
“I thank those who said they have picked a presidential form for me because they meant well for Nigerians. However, since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians, I officially withdraw from the presidential contest in 2023. I have also picked a ticket to run for the Abia North Senatorial zone and to complete the good work I started in Abia North.”