Angry reactions have started trailing Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s reported view that anybody, irrespective of zone, can contest for the presidential election in 2023. He was also quoted as saying that: “Zoning does not exist in the constitution of All Progressives Congress, APC. As long as it is not a constitutional matter, the presidential bid is an open basket, which anybody can vie for.”
Reacting, the leadership of South East for President 2023, SEFORP2023, said it is grossly disappointed with the Senator’s position. The group’s position was made through a press statement signed by the National Coordinator, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha, and made available to newsmen. “SEFORP2023 is grossly feeling disappointed that the above statement is coming from a supposed representative of his people the South East, Ndigbo, in the capacity of a Senator and no less a position as the Chief Whip of the red chamber. Very unfortunate”, Obioha said. Accusing Senator Kalu of being “ignorant of history”, the group also noted that “till date, the six zonal structure which is now the bases for revenue formulae, political, economic and social sharing is not yet embedded in our constitution and yet it is an acceptable formula and a norm.