Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, has denied a viral list which made the rounds on Thursday about a campaign team for the 2023 presidential ambition of Senator Ahmad Lawan.
According to Uzor Kalu in a personally signed statement late on Thursday night, the list is not authorized and neither has Lawan set up any campaign team.
The former Abia Governor said the list also contained names of some private visitors who didn’t attend the meeting where the list was said to have originated from.
He further denied being appointed as the Director-General of the campaign team, pointing out that he is also running for an elective position in 2023 hence, may not have enough time to focus on running another person’s campaign organization.
The Senate Chief whip stressed that those behind the list which went viral are only trying to be mischievous as Senate President Lawan would not announce a campaign team without first clinching the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He told members of the public to disregard the list.
Below is the full statement.
“My attention has been drawn to a list of committee Chairmen of Ahmad Lawan Campaign Organization in which I was also mentioned as the Director-General.
“The list should be disregarded as no authorization was given to the effect of its publication.
“As the Chairman of the meeting held at my instance , it is important to notify the general public that we are not yet in the Campaign proper . A committee will be inaugurated to that effect once our most preferred candidate, Senator Ahmad Lawan emerges as the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I am also running for election in my senatorial district and would rather recommend a sitting Governor who is not running for an election to chair the campaign team at the right time .
“Several private visitors who were not even part of the meeting were also reported to have been in attendance. Senator Betty Apiafi just as Senator Uche Ekwunife who visited on a different bipartisan matter concerning the senate was also mentioned.
“It is mischief to have included these names as part of Ahmad Lawan Campaign Organization.”