I Will Go Head To Head With Tinubu For APC Presidential Ticket – Orji Kalu
Senator Orji Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, has stated that he is willing to oppose Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a senior member of the All Progressives Congress, for the party’s presidential ticket in 2023.
This is because he indicated that Tinubu’s presidential aspiration has no bearing on Nigeria’s goal of electing an Igbo president in 2023.
The Senator said that leaders from Tinubu’s home state of the South-West have tasted the presidency, while also pointing out that no Igbo man had been democratically elected President since independence.
This was said by Kalu during an interview with Channels Television, only days after Tinubu announced his ambition to run for president in 2023.
“I do not see Tinubu’s aspiration having any effect on a President of Nigeria coming from Igbo area.
“It has no effect because we are talking based on what Nigeria should be, based on what people should believe.
“Obasanjo had been President for eight years. Osinbajo is about to conclude eight years as Vice President. Yet, no Igbo man since independence has been democratically elected as President.
“So, it’s always good to think of what is reasonable and what is more sellable.
“That thing is almost like dead on arrival because it is not going to work,” Kalu said.
“I don’t want to talk about his ambition,” Kalu responded when asked if Tinubu’s ambition will deny the Igbo of the chance to produce a President.
“All I know is that as long as the party is zoning it to the South, the South-East should take preference to anybody that is trying to run. That is what it should be and that is what I will stand for.”
“I’ll be ready to face him at Eagles Square for the ticket and I will get it and be President,” Kalu stated when asked whether he’ll be ready to fight Tinubu when he finally declares his desire to run.