2023: Kalu, Rochas meet in Abuja

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As permutations towards the 2023 Presidential elections continue to thicken, leading Southeast Presidential Aspirants in the ruling All Progressive’s Congress, Senators Orji Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha met on Saturday afternoon in the Nation’s capital Abuja.

The duo both former Governors of Abia and Imo States respectively, met in Abuja and held prolonged discussions behind closed doors.

According to sources, Senator Rochas Okorocha had initially visited the Senate Chief Whip, Orji  Kalu at his Aso-Villa residence where they exchanged pleasantries after which they departed Kalu’s residence to have lunch in the city centre where they both held discussions.

Although details of the meeting were not disclosed, both Senators were captured on camera after the meeting. Details of the picture suggested that the August meeting was held at a popular mall in Abuja.

Kalu and Rochas were captured eating lunch and having the engagement.Shortly after the dialogue Rochas decked in Blue native attire escorted Orji Kalu who also decked in grey coloured Polo T shirt and black coloured Track pants.

Inside sources further suggested that the meeting of the Southeast stalwarts of the ruling party centred on forging a united front for the actualisation of the emergence of a Nigerian President from Southeast extraction. The meeting is expected to put to rest the notion that the Southeasterners are obviously not thinking of forging a common front by presenting and supporting one candidate. The meeting comes amid clamour for the South-East to produce the next president in 2023 following the marginalisation of the zone since 1999. 

Both Kalu and Rochas Kalu had declared interest in the presidency, they both  urged the APC to zone the ticket to the South-east region to address the issue of marginalisation, and also on the basis of fairness, equity and justice.

Rochas who recently declared his intention to run for the Presidential race joins the list of other Presidential Aspirants who have visited Orji Kalu at his Abuja home.

Recall that,last yearNovember, former Governor of Lagos state and 2023 Presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu visited Kalu at his Abuja residence where both held a meeting behind closed doors, amid speculations that the former was eyeing the highest office in the land.

Days ago the chance for Nigerian President of Igbo extraction brightened following the declaration of leader of pan-Yoruba Afenifere,Pa Ayo Adebanjo,to  support the emergence of a President of Igbo extraction in the 2023 presidential election.

Adebanjo said this on the Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

According to the 94-year-old elder statesman, it is in the spirit of federal character and equity for the Igbo to produce the next President of the country.
He argued that the South-West produced former President Olusegun Obasanjo who led for eight years and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who served for almost eight years.

Adebanjo added that the South-South had also produced the President in the person of Goodluck Jonathan who was in office from 2010 to 2015.

The Afenifere leader said all the while, the South-East had been denied the Presidency.

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