Senator Orji Kalu has said he decided to contest the 2023 presidential election because he was approached by leaders from the six geopolitical zones to run.
Orji Kalu, who is currently the Chief Whip of the Senate spoke on Friday during an interview with Silverbird Television.
The former governor of Abia State admitted that he earlier informed the likes of the national leader of the All Progressives Congres, Bola Tinubu; Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, and former senate president, Anyim Pius that he won’t run for the seat in 2023.
He stated that he has the capacity to pilot the affairs of the country.
Orji Kalu said, “I didn’t want to join this contest before. When I met with Senator Tinubu, I told him I was not running. When I met with Governor Umahi, I told him I was not running. When I also met with Senator Pius Anyim, I told him I wasn’t contesting. A couple of days after my discussion with them, elders from the West, elders from the North, the South-East and Niger Delta came to see me on the 5th of January (2022) and I also went to see a couple of them.
“I flew from my village to tour some places and I met with them in the North, West and somewhere in Lagos and Warri and I returned on the 8th back to Igbere, my home town, and also met with the elders of my community and they said that it’s a possibility. And that is why I have not gone back to tell these people who I initially told that I will not run that I am now going to run. I will still have a meeting with them and tell them formally that I am going to run for the president.”
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