2023: A President should make all Nigerians happy – Sen. Kalu

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By Joy Odor

The Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has disclosed that anyone aspiring to become  presidential candidate for 2023 general Elections should be an individual with capacity to improve the economy, security and make all Nigerians happy.

Senator Kalu who made this known to newsmen in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday noted that he remained the number one candidate to contest the presidency if his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the 2023 presidency to the South-East.

The Senate Chief Whip added that he is anxious to change the way of living and the economy of Nigeria which is what he knows better if elected as President come 2023.

Senator Kalu affirmed that he would bring back the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be competing with the US and Japan and all the rest of them including the capacity utilisation to be under 4 and 5 per cent like a hurricane.

The Senate Chief Whip informed that he would alsorework the economy that every Nigerian, no matter where they live or stay you be happy in their pocket, in their house, on electricity, water and bring back the proudness of Nigeria to carry Nigerian passport.

He was of the opinion that he has 13,000 Nigerians under his employment across different sectors of the economy.

“I have told Nigerians, that if it is zoned to the South- East, I’m already a candidate, but ,it is with a proviso that it is zoned it to the South- East, because I am not desperate, but I am anxious to change the way of living and the economy of Nigeria which is what I know how to do better.

“I can change the economy in four years, I can bring back the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be competing with the US and Japan and all the rest of them.

“I can bring back the capacity utilisation to be under 4 and 5 per cent like a hurricane.

“Everybody says is a presidential aspirant, what is their experience, their public experience, their capacity to build, I employ 13,000 workers in Nigeria and I have capacity to manage people.

“But the party is supreme, if it zones the presidential position to South-East, I am number one candidate, there are only two zones that have naver been President, the South- East and North -East so, if they bring it to my zone, I am capable, I have everything it takes to deliver the APC to victory.

“Not by talk, but by action ,I will rework the economy that every Nigerian, no matter where you live or stay you be happy in your pocket, in your house, on electricity, water and bring back the proudness of Nigeria to carry Nigerian passport, I am capable of doing that.

“Anybody that wants to be president must be a president that will be able to work for Nigerian people, the two major things a president should look at is the economy and the security.

“These are areas of focus point to bring back our economy to be a running economy” he said.

The Senate Chief Whip said the current state of the economy was a reflection of the economic downturn in the world, noting that economies all over the world are experiencing challenge.

“It is not the cause of President Buhari, there is world-wide economic downturn ,I have businesses all over the world and this businesses are not doing well, I have business in all the West African countries,Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and we are losing money, and it is a world wide deflation of all the economies”, Kalu noted.

On the success of the APC convention, Senator Kalu attributed it to wide consultation made by President Muhammadu Buhari that resulted in the emergence of Sen.Abdulahi Adamu via consensus arrangement.

“Mr president in his wisdom was able to solve the problem, do you know how much money that was saved from the pockets of aspirants by that consensus, so the consensus was not just taken in the bedroom of the president,the president consulted the governors.

“He consulted the leadership of the National Assembly which I was one of them and, he consulted other stakeholders of the party,the youth, and the aspirants and we did not fight, and it came out successfully.”

Senator Kalu, again congratulated Buhari for the skills employed resulting in a successful convention of the APC.

He said the APC Chairman ,Sen.Abdullahi Adamu would be a fatherly figure, to all members of the party.

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