Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, has withdrawn from the 2023 presidential race
He threw his weight behind the presidential bid of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who is eyeing the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kalu in a statement in Abuja said: “I congratulate my friend, former roommate and boss, Senator Ahmad Lawan, as he picks form to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under our great party, APC.
“I am most glad because he is from the North East, the only zone alongside South East that is yet to produce President of Nigeria.
“I have always maintained an unambiguous stand that for justice, equity and fairness in our country, the next President of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari should come from the South East or the North East.
“I have also told Nigerians that I would only run for the office of President if the two major political parties (APC and PDP) zone their tickets to the South East,” he said.