The chief whip of the Nigerian Senate chief Orji Uzor Kalu on Wednesday declared that all those running to President Muhammadu Buhari to declare their ambition to run for presidency on the platform of the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are not serious.
He said they are all pushing, but they are unserious as they failed to wait for the party to decide on where to zone the presidency to.
Kalu who is also a former Governor of Abia State spoke to newsmen at the foyer of the National Assembly just before the plenary on wednesday.
The chief whip had visited the president on Tuesday where he said he discussed issues of national importance such as security, electoral act and national well being.
When asked whether he also told the president about his plan to contest for presidency he threw back asking whether the party has zoned the 2023 presidency to the South East.
“I told you before that when the party zones it officially to the south. I told you the only two zones that have not tasted the presidency are the south east and the Northeast, once they zone it to anyone of them I have the capacity and the capability I will roll and I will rock like a hurricane.
Asked why he is still waiting for the party to zone it to south East when every other aspirant is declaring to run for Presidency he said
“Well they are pushing but they are not serious, a serious minded person will like to be fair to Nigeria, fair to the society and to be fair to the atmosphere, because the party is not owned by me or you the media.
“This party is owned by Nigerians and the APC members. It is only APC that can decide like at the forth coming convention where the Presidential ticket will be zoned to.
“If they zone it to the south east I have everything it takes to make a good president”
Asked what he will do if the party decides not to zone it to the South East he said he will come back to the Senate and seat in the Senate as he is sitting.
When asked whether he believes in Ibo Presidency? he said “I don’t believe, I believe in Nigerian President of Ibo extraction.
However he believes it is the turn of the Ibo, saying it is over due, “I believe that we should produce the next President and it is going to happen. I don’t need to push, I have to push along with the other regions.
Asked whether he is consulting he said no, because it is not yet the time.
On the convention date of February 26th as confirmed by Governor of Yobe Mai Mala Buni, he said
“I am expecting very good convention, very good atmosphere we are going to make Nigerians proud after the convention on February 26th, 2022.
On what he think is the body language of the President when it comes to his successor and the electoral act?
He said, “The President’s body is the body language of Nigerians. His body language is for Nigeria and Nigerians.”
On the essence of his visit to the presidency he said
“This is not the first time I go to see the president, Presidency is place where people go in the afternoon, I went in the night to avoid the media.
“I go there regularly its a family affair and I went there to discuss national issues, issue of security, issue of well being of our country and issue of the electoral act.
“The discussion was very fruitful and it was held in the night”