Kalu: I’ll Match Tinubu Grit For Grit For APC Presidential Ticket

Kalu: I’ll Match Tinubu Grit For Grit For APC Presidential Ticket

Again call for postponement of APC national convention

 

Thecitypulsenews gathers that following the formal declaration by Tinubu and Umahi to run for the Presidency in 2023, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has boasted that he will match the former Lagos governor grit-for-grit for the ticket of the APC.

According to the former Abia State governor, he would be ready to contest the APC Presidential ticket with the party’s National leader, if APC zones it to the South.

Tinubu had on Monday declared his ambition to take the reins of power as Nigeria’s next President during his visit to President Buhari, to intimate him of his ambition, a move many believe may have foreclosed the chances of a president of Igbo extraction.

Speaking yesterday, Kalu said that while he has nothing against the aspiration of Tinubu, he believes that his own region, the Southeast, is ripe for the Presidency and that it should be the turn of the zone to produce the next President.

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According to a statement, Kalu said he has all it takes to match Tinubu grit for grit and campaign for campaign. Recall that Tinubu had last year November visited Kalu in his Villa mansion where he told the Senator of his aspiration for 2023.

Kalu has also asked the APC to postpone its national convention planned for next month. Speaking on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday, after the Christmas and New Year break, Kalu said the party needs a good atmosphere to conduct the exercise.

Although APC has fixed February for the convention, it is yet to select a date for the event.

According to the lawmaker, postponing the convention will protect ‘democracy’ in APC. “I still stand by my words that the APC convention should be postponed. I have a lot of respect for our people and they have to give me an alternative view to have a change of mind that what they are saying is real,” he said.

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“What I am saying is a better atmosphere than what they are saying: I know what I am saying, they might not be seeing what I am seeing.

“As a party, we should not cause trouble for ourselves. I believe that the best thing to do is to protect democracy and our party, the APC.

“I also call on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to reaffirm our Constitution and institute a President of the party separate from the President of the country. I want us to adopt the African National Congress (ANC) model in South Africa, where you might be President of the Republic and not President of the party.

“So, I want us to test-run it when President Buhari leaves in 2023, for Buhari to become President of the party and there will be President of the republic,” he said.

Kalu: I’ll Match Tinubu Grit For Grit For APC Presidential Ticket