Kalu: I’m ready to work as Sweeper at Aso-Villa under Lawan’s Presidency
A chieftain of People Democratic Party (PDP) and senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has again expressed his total support for the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan’s presidential ambition.
To show the extent of his support for the sitting Senate President, he volunteered to be a sweeper at the presidential villa if Lawan becomes the president of Nigeria.
He made this statement during an exclusive interview on Channels TV Politics Today on Monday night, monitored by our Correspondent.
He noted that the senate president has been his friend for 41 years as they both were roommates during their university days.
“I’m ready to be the sweeper of the place if Ahmed Lawan is the president, that is the truth. I can sweep the Villa; my house is very close to Villa. I can be the sweeper of the Villa; it is a stone throw.”
When asked if he was joking, he retorted with “I’m not joking, it is a reality”
The PDP chieftain, who dropped his presidential ambition to contest for senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2023 election also debunked the insinuations making round that he was eyeing either the vice president or senate president seats.
Senator Kalu had vehemently advocated for a North-east presidency which he said is in line with his pursuit for fairness and equity in Nigeria political structure.
He maintained that if the South-east is denied the presidential seat in 2023, North-east should be given the opportunity as the region has not produced any president since 1999 that Nigeria returned to civil rule.
“If the South-East cannot have (it), give it (the presidency) to the North-East. That is my position,” he said.
“The three zones went to the North and we agreed that we can give it to the South, but they don’t want to leave it to South-East. Why then should I allow them to take it when they have done presidency before? We are very wise today. We are no longer the ‘mumu’ they use to cheat”.
Since the race to the 2023 general elections began, there has been a call for a Southern presidency as part of ways to recognize the ethnic diversity of Nigeria political structure.
However, the call has been greeted with hostility from major Northern groups and political personalities as they called for democratic process to take its course.
Meanwhile, the major opposition party, PDP, had dismissed zoning and thrown the presidential ticket open to all aspirants. Among those that have declared their intention to run the highly-coveted position are; Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal and Peter Obi.