Former governor of Abia State who is also the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has said that he is under intense pressure to contest for the 2023 presidential election.
According to Kalu, even though his interest is to return to the Senate, added that anywhere he turns to, people are asking him not to throw in the towel on the 2023 presidency.
Kalu stated this after he received a letter for his nomination as the Kibiya Argungu (Arrow of Argungu) by a delegation from the Argungu Emirate in Kebbi.
The letter was presented to Kalu by the Senate leader Yahaya Abdullahi on behalf of the tittle holders of the emirate.
But while appreciating the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Mohammed Mera, Kalu said the award will help in advancing unity of the country.
“Everywhere I go people are disturbing me to be President,” Kalu said insisting that he has told his wife and friends that he will like to return to the Senate again after which he will retire to his farm.
But Kalu who said there must be a united Nigeria before 2023 discussion, said he will consider the call for the presidential race if the pressure is much.
“Everywhere I go people are disturbing me to be President but I’ve no such thing in my mind. But I’ll go for it if agreed by other regions,” Kalu said.
While assessing the performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over the last six years, the Senate Chief Whip said that the government has done well in the areas it focus..
He asserted that the federal government has properly utilized the foreign loans borrowed from international financial institutions.
On security, Kalu said: “The federal government has done well in driving away insurgency to the border though we’re not 100 percent right. There are areas that need improvement.”
He called on politicians to focus on providing good governance and to shun the temptation to start working for 2023 elections.
According to him, there is still enough time to prepare for the elections and politicians should concentrate on the unity of the country.
On Nnamdi Kanu and insecurity in the South East, Kalu urged President Buhari to “look passionately towards the South East, listen to them and solve the problem behind close doors.”
According to him, the President should set up a committee to address the grievances of the youths of the area.
Senator Kalu also called on South East Governors to interface with the youths towards finding a lasting solution to the problems bedeviling the area.