Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief Whip of the Senate, has declared his decision to withdraw from the presidential race.
The lawmaker, who campaigned on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, claimed this in a statement signed by him on Monday.
He added that his decision was prompted by the incapacity of the two major political parties to zone their ticket to the South East for the sake of justice and fairness.
The former governor of Abia State has announced his candidacy for the Abia North Senatorial Zone in the upcoming 2023 general elections.
Kalu called on his supporters across the nation to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan who joined the presidential race on Monday.
The statement reads partly, “Since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians , I officially withdraw from presidential contest in 2023. I have also picked ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone and to complete the good work I started in Abia North .
“I urge all my friends , allies and supporters in the APC to toe the line of justice by supporting Senator Ahmad Lawan , a North Easterner for the presidential ticket of the APC”.