Senate Chief Whip and former Abia State governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has described most of the presidential aspirants in the 2023 general elections as jokers who have no pedigree to occupy the highest seat in the land.
This was even as he said that the recent emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC at the just concluded national convention, happened through “democratic agreement” of all key stakeholders of the party.
Senator Kalu, who represents Abia North Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber, and also a presidential aspirant, told journalists yesterday in Abuja that many of the aspirants took politics as a joke with their indiscriminate declarations without pedigrees.
He said: “You people take politics as a joke whereby everybody say he is an 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.
“Politics is the ability to make everybody happy that is what it’s all about. President is about openness, is about ability to manage you Journalists, ability to manage professors, legislators like Ahmad Lawan, you have to manage them, these are what politics is all about. READ ALSO: Suspected cultists kill one person in Ilorin
“Politics is not just coming to say you want to answer the name president, they are anxious to become president, are they ready to work. A President should be one that is ready to work for Nigeria.”
On Adamu, the Chief Whip dismissed rumours that President Muhammadu Buhari singlehandedly imposed the new national chairman and other NWC members on the APC,
Kalu maintained that the president did not take the decision alone from his bedroom, but consulted widely with stakeholders of the party.
He said: “It is not imposition, it was a democratic agreement because there was consultation at every level of the party and if you have consulted widely it is democracy. READ ALSO: JUST IN…. New APC Nat’l Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu resigns
“The president in his wisdom was able to solve the problem, do you know how much money that was saved from the pockets of aspirant by that consensus.
“The consensus was not just taken in the president’s bedroom, 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 youths and all the rest of them and the aspirants themselves.
“So, I don’t see any thing that can be better than that. I know people like you Journalists you were already celebrating that we were going to fight at the eagle square and we did not fight and it came out successfully. READ ALSO: Daura Transport Varsity to take-off September 2022
“We needed somebody that have a figure of the President in the party. We are very happy with that decision.”
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