Chief Whip of the House of Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has dumped his presidential ambition over the failure of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party to zone their ticket to the South East.
Kalu, who was an aspirant on the platform of the APC, made the announcement to withdraw from the 2023 race on Monday.
He stated that it waas unfair for the two major parties not to zone their presidential tickets to the East.
The lawmaker disclosed that he will run for the Abia North Senatorial zone in the forthcoming 2023 general elections adding that he has picked his ticket.
Kalu threw his weight behind the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who purchased his APC presidential forms on Monday.
The statement reads partly, “Since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians, I officially withdraw from presidential contest in 2023. I have also picked ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone and to complete the good work I started in Abia North.
“I urge all my friends, allies and supporters in the APC to toe the line of justice by supporting Senator Ahmad Lawan, a North Easterner for the presidential ticket of the APC”.