Kalu, in a statement he issued in Abuja, said his desire to return to the senate was to
complete the work he started in his constituency.
He, however, announced that his withdrawal from the presidential race was the failure
of the People’s Democratic Party and APC to zone their tickets to the South East.
According to Kalu, since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians, I
officially withdraw from the presidential contest in 2023.
“I have also picked ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone to complete the good
work I started in Abia North,” he said.
“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 president if the two major
political parties, APC and PDP zone their tickets to the South East.
“That is why I was disappointed with our southern brothers who are talking about
fairness and equity but has zero tolerance for the same fairness and equity in the
“In the absence of a South Easterner being president of Nigeria in 2023, I have my
full support for a North Easterner.
“This is because it would be the closest to the equity, fairness and Justice everyone is
talking about. It further means that the justice is on its way to the South East,” Kalu
While commending those who picked the presidential form for him, Kalu said that
they meant well for Nigerians