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2023: Igbo APC Presidential Aspirants Hold Closed-Door Meeting In Abuja

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2023: Igbo APC Presidential Aspirants Hold Closed-Door Meeting In Abuja

Southeast presidential aspirants under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently meeting in Abuja, the country’s capital city.

The meeting which is holding behind closed doors is been hosted by former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha at his Abuja residence.

Naija News understands other aspirants in attendance include former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, former Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Ken Nnamani, Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye.

An obvious absence is the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi.

One of the Governor’s aides who was quoted by The Nation on condition of anonymity however said Umahi is aware and in support of the meeting but couldn’t be in attendance due to an emergency which needed his attention.

As of the time of filing this report, the agenda of the meeting was still yet to be made public.

Meanwhile, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu has defended his decision to drop his agitation for a 2023 southeast presidency in support of the presidential ambition of Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Uzor Kalu in a personally signed statement on Sunday, held that no one loves the Igbo race more than he does and he took the step in the best interest of the southeast.

It will be recalled that Kalu who was until recently a presidential aspirant himself, dropped out of the 2023 race and declared support for Senate President Lawan who is from the northeast.

His decision has sparked several reactions including condemnations. One of the reactions came from Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi.

But Kalu in a swift response took to his Facebook page on Sunday to shed more light on his decision and why he feels he has done the right thing.

The former Abia State Governor in a statement titled ‘Mbazuluike Amaechi: “North East, Only Alternative To South East Presidency “- Orji Kalu’ explained that since it had become clear that other regions were not going to support zoning which would have encouraged the call for a 2023 Igbo presidency, he had to realign so the region won’t lose out completely.