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Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has disclosed that he has the capacity to 
bring back the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to compete with the economies of the United States of America (USA) and Japan if elected president come 2023.

Kalu who made this known in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, also disclosed that 13,000 Nigerians are under his employment across different sectors of the economy.

Responding to questions on his 2023 ambition, the Presidential hopeful stressed that any one aspiring to become Nigerian president should be an individual with the capacity to improve the economy, security and make all Nigerians happy.

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The former Abia Governor reiterated that he remained the number one candidate to contest the presidency if his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the 2023 presidency to the South-East.

“I have told Nigerians, that if it is zoned to the South-East, I’m already a candidate, but, it is with a  proviso that it is zoned to the South-East because I am not desperate,  but I am anxious to change the way of living and the economy of Nigeria which is what I know how to do better.

I can change the economy in four years, I can bring back the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  to be competing with the US and Japan and all the rest of them. I can bring back the capacity utilisation to be under 4 and 5 percent like a hurricane.

Everybody says he is a presidential aspirant, what is their experience, their public experience, their capacity to build, I employ 13,000 workers in Nigeria and I have the capacity to manage people.”

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“But the party is supreme, if it zones the presidential position to South-East, I am number one candidate, there are only two zones that have never been President, the South- East and North -East so, if they bring it to my zone, I am capable, I have everything it takes to deliver the APC to victory.

Not by talk, but by action, I will rework the economy that every Nigerian, no matter where you live or stay, you will be happy in your pocket, in your house, on electricity, water and bring back the proudness of Nigeria to carry Nigerian passport,  I am capable of doing that.

Anybody that wants to be president must be a president that will be able to work for the Nigerian people,  the two major things a president should look at is the economy and the  security.

These are areas of focus point to bring back our economy to be  a running economy.”

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Noting that the current state of the economy was a reflection of the economic downturn in the world, he said that economies all over the world are experiencing challenges.

“It is not the cause of President Buhari, there is worldwide economic downturn. I have businesses all over the world and these businesses are not doing well, I have business in all the West African countries, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and we are losing money, and it is a worldwide deflation of all the economies,” Kalu said.

On the success of the APC convention, Kalu attributed it to the wide consultation made by President Muhammadu Buhari that resulted in the emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu via a consensus arrangement.

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“Mr. President in his wisdom was able to solve the problem. Do you know how much money that was saved from the pockets of aspirants by that consensus? So the consensus was not just taken in the bedroom of the president, the president consulted the governors.

He consulted the leadership of the National Assembly which I was one of them and, he  consulted other stakeholders of the party, the youth, and the aspirants and we did not fight, and it came out successfully.”

He congratulated President Buhari for the skills employed resulting in a  successful convention of the APC.

Kalu added that the new APC Chairman would be a fatherly figure, to all members of the party.

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