APC Primaries: Senate President Lawan, Orji Kalu Declare Support For Tinubu
Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu have congratulated Senator Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the presidential standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu defeated Rotimi Amaechi and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at Tuesday’s primaries.
Lawan, in a letter, expressed joy that the APC primary was ‘manifestly free and fair, and conducted within our APC Family under a most convivial atmosphere’.
He wrote, “The success of the event again demonstrates the capacity of our great party to run its internal affairs smoothly and devoid of rancour.
“I offered myself in the belief that I have the knowledge-base, ideas, experience and desire to provide leadership for our dear country at these most trying times.
“However, the outcome of the election process has shown that Your Excellency is the popular choice of our party for that assignment. I do not have an iota of doubt in the wisdom of that decision by our party’s delegates.
“Your glittering track record of public service, foresight and grit in party building and administration, as well as the courage you continue to demonstrate in fighting for the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria make you worthy of the high esteem and trust of our party members everywhere in Nigeria as exhibited at the national convention.
“I have no doubt that with your credentials, experience, antecedents and political sagacity, our great party will go into the 2023 contest confident of victory.”
Orji, on his part, congratulated Tinubu. According to him, “To my friend and colleague, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has been elected as our party’s presidential flagbearer, big congratulations to you . The APC won.
“I encourage all other aspirants to accept this victory in the spirit of sportsmanship. We owe the party an open mind and total support.
“Most importantly, I hope this win brings a deeper reflection about South East and North East in the affairs of the nation.”
Kalu supported Lawan’s bid in the race. He preached that the power should go to the North East if major political parties failed to zone their presidential tickets to South East which has not produced a president of Nigeria since the military regime of Gen JTU Aguiyi Ironsi in 1966.