‘Presidential race not a regional matter, no way for South-East,’ Kalu downplays Peter Obi’s 2023 chances

The former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, declared on Tuesday nobody from the South-East would win the 2023 presidential election.

The Senate Chief Whip, who stated this in a chat with journalists shortly after the lawmakers resumed from their annual vacation, said the presidential race was not a regional issue and as such, Igbo candidates should not entertain any hope of winning the election.

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is the only notable politician from the South-East vying for the country’s highest political office next year.

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential flag bearer, Dumebi Kachikwu, hails from Delta State in the South-South.

Kalu said: “I have said this before and I repeat that an Igbo man cannot win the 2023 presidency because it is not a regional thing.

“I was in the race but when it was made clear that the presidency is not a regional issue, I had to withdraw. I have no problem with Igbo man being president….

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