Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan confirmed that the Chief Whip of the Senate and former Abia Governor Senator Orji Uzor Kalu had relinquished his presidential bid for him.
He said this while announcing the call for Senators aspiring to run in the 2023 presidential election under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Lawan commended Senator Kalu, describing him as a statesman for withdrawing from the presidential race for him.
He also announced some senators who bought the N100 million APC presidential nomination.
He said: “The first person to buy presidential nomination form is Senator Ibikunle.Amosu; the next is the distinguished deputy Senate leader, Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice.
“Also I got the nod and I have shown my interest to contest for the Office of the President of our great country on the platform of our great party, the APC.
“So the Senate contingent is a formidable one and by the grace of the Almighty God the aspirants for the All Progressives Congress and maybe the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well will make headway.
“The Chief Whip, who is also an aspirant, has stepped down to support my aspiration. So the Chief Whip of the Federation, I will thank you for what you have done for being a statesman.
“All our colleagues who are contesting for the governorship in their various states, we wish all of them the best of luck and those who want to come back to the Senate, we also wish them the best of luck.”