A group in the northern part of Nigeria under the auspices of Arewa Youths for Orji Uzor Kalu has expressed support for the Chief Whip of the Senate, to become the next president of the country.
The group made its position known in a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Yakubu Muhammad; Acting Secretary General, Abdulkadir Muhammad; National Organising Secretary, Ibrahim Abdullahi, and the Director of Media and Publicity, Musa Waziri, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The group described Kalu as the best presidential material for the 2023 general election.
It urged the ruling All Progressives Congress to commence a process of adopting him as the sole candidate of the party.
Part of the statement read, “Kalu’s managerial skill, experience and national appeal put him in the best position to rule Nigeria in 2023.
“This may sound odd in the eyes of Nigerians especially those nursing the intention to run for the number one seat in the land.
“Be that as it may, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s acceptability demonstrates the settled resolve of the youths in the 19 northern states to support him to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kalu is a results-oriented leader with a proven track record that can sustain and consolidate the gains recorded by the current administration.
“Kalu is the best bet for the APC in 2023. He is a presidential material with experience in the private sector; executive and legislative arms of government.
“It is imperative to state that, with Nigerians pushing for a President of South-East extraction, the stakeholders in APC need not look any further because the dutiful and detribalised Orji Uzor Kalu is the right candidate for the party.
“His influence cuts across all the six geopolitical zones in the country.
“He was the Chairman of the Borno Water Board at the age of 25; Chairman of multinational companies and a former governor of Abia State.
“We are totally convinced that what Nigeria needs right now is a courageous and vibrant leader who is capable of managing a complex nation like Nigeria. That resourceful manager is Kalu,” the group said