Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has issued a statement over his decision to withdraw his ambition to contest in the forthcoming FIFA Presidential Elections.
Dr. Kalu, who thanked football stakeholders across the world who wanted him to contest for the hot seat, acknowledged the support of President Muhammadu Buhari and other African Presidents for their patriotic roles, noting that sports is a unifying force among Africans.
In a statement signed by his Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi on Monday, Kalu said, “I feel humbled and honoured with the widespread call for me to vie for the position of FIFA president. I sincerely appreciate the show of love and support demonstrated by African countries of endorsements despite my decision not to submit a bid. I particularly remain grateful to FIFA President, Seff Blatter and his team for personally acknowledging my capability to take the world football body to enviable heights.
“However, considering the economic challenges facing Nigeria, I have decided to focus my attention and resources on my business and humanitarian activities. I strongly believe the FIFA presidency is all about service, but I would rather continue my contributions to the economy of the continent by creating employment opportunities and wealth for Africans.
“As a football enthusiast, I remain committed and passionate to the advancement of sports especially Africa”, Kalu declared.
He applauded the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for encouraging Nigerians to vie for the FIFA presidency, adding that Nigeria had showcased her human assets to the world.
However, the deadline for the submission of bids for the FIFA Presidency, is Monday.