I can build a 20th-century economy for our people.”—Uzor Kalu

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A former governor of Abia State Orji Uzo Kalu has said he is ready to revamp the nation’s economy making it a 20th-century economy if  Nigerians decide to make him president.

He revealed his latest plans for Nigeria during a program on radio in Umuahia, Abia state capital while speaking on his presidential ambition in 2023.

He described himself as very capable of the job if given the chance.

“Yes, if you give me the presidency, why not, I will take. I am capable of doing the job.

The problem is who is capable of doing the job. For now, I am focusing on my constituency; there is a lot of job to be done.

If you give me the opportunity, I will like to go back to the Senate for a second term, but if the people of Nigeria want me to be president, they will show the hand. I can do the job. I can build a 20th-century economy for our people.” he said.

In December 2019, Kalu was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted for N7.1bn fraud alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and a former Director of Finance during his tenure as governor, Ugo Udeogu.

On May 8, 2020, after serving several months in Kuje prison, the Supreme court upturned Kalu and Udeogo’s conviction on grounds that the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, lacked the jurisdiction to have presided over their case.

He was released from jail on June 3, 2020.

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