Former governor of Abia State — Orji Uzor Kalu has been sued before a high court in Bauchi for alleged refusal to declare his presidential ambition for the 2023 elections.
The plaintiffs, Comrade Aliyu Ladan and Lawan Abdullahi, prayed the court for an order to compel Kalu to declare interest in the 2023 presidential race.
Speaking with journalists after the court proceeding, Ladan and Abdullahi disclosed that back in February, they had an agreement with Kalu to declare for the presidency which he has failed to fulfill, hence their suit. Both men said they have confidence that the senator, whom they described as a strategic thinker, can rescue Nigeria from total collapse.
They said: “We have entered into an agreement with him last 2nd February 2021 that he will contest for president but he is reluctant to declare his interest. “Kalu is a person with all the capacity and capability to change the narratives of a nation. He is a man of purpose and foresight, a mentor to many citizens, a dynamic Nigerian, an advocate of justice, a revolutionary politician, a consummate administrator, master strategy, he is a blessing not only to Igbo but the entire Nigerians.
“We are in court because we want the court to ask him to respect our agreement to contest the presidency of Nigeria. We want the court to compel Kalu to declare his interest to run in the 2023 general election as a presidential candidate under the platform of the APC or any other party. We want the court to direct Kalu to commence preparations and put all the necessary machinery in place for the purpose of contesting as a presidential candidate.”
Meanwhile, a group from the northeast region – Uzor Kalu Support Group (UKSUG) had urged Kalu to run for the 2023 presidential election. The group said Senator Kalu has wide contacts and acceptance across the country to run for the 2023 presidency.