Any Igbo man who challenges Buhari in 2019 is Unwise-Ex-Governor Orji Kalu - MnTrendsNews


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Any Igbo man who challenges Buhari in 2019 is Unwise-Ex-Governor Orji Kalu

Former Abia State Governor and APC chieftain has stated that the Igbos will vote massively for President Buhari in 2019.

He stated this in a special interview session on Arise TV conducted on Thursday. 
He further said that it would be unwise for any Igbo man to challenge President Buhari in his 2019 election. 

Stating this, he said:
“I don’t think it is the right thing to do. I believe in equity and justice. We should allow the north to have its eight years.”“I don’t think it is the right thing to do. I believe in equity and justice. We should allow the north to have its eight years"

When asked why he joined the APC, he said“I will add a lot of value to the APC in the south-east. Buhari’s illness slowed him down, no doubt, he has done well so far. I have been in the opposition for 10 years now. I joined Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) since 2006.
“But I joined APC because of Buhari. I joined because of his integrity so as to help grow the party in the south-east. APC has come to stay in the south-east. Buhari’s contest in 2019 is not only for himself but for the south- east. After Buhari’s eight years, nobody in Nigeria can tell us that our region cannot produce the president. Majority of the Igbo people will massively support Buhari in 2019. They did not support him in 2015. But in 2019 they will massively vote for him. I am passing a vote of confidence on him because he has integrity.
“I am not the only one passing a vote of confidence on Buhari, the APC governors just endorsed him for a second term, the World Bank is supporting what he is doing, so also is the EU, including other powerful world leaders.”

Expressing his confidence in President Buhari's rerun for office, Dr Kalu said:“Recall what I said when he travelled to London for medication, when some people were saying he would not return. I said he would not only return healthier and stronger, but that he was going to run in 2019. So, I am convinced and I am sure that Mr. President will run. I have not seen any other candidate than Buhari. I am not thinking of any other candidate. I joined the APC because of Buhari. I know him personally. The country needs him to complete his tenure. “
Kalu said that the South-East would be more interested in infrastructural development than in the office Of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) where the occupant of the office may not be able to influence anything in the region.
He continued:
“We just left the office. We had one during Jonathan for six years. So we can’t dictate to the president who he should appoint as his personal aides. But even at that we don’t need to have SGF to get what is due to us as a region. After all, up till last year, Port-Harcourt express way was impassable, today; major construction work is going on there.
“Enugu –Onitsha road which was abandoned before Buhari came in, work is going on there now. For me, those things are important to me than a ministerial appointment or office of the SGF. SGF is nothing if Buhari can do our roads to jump-start the economic activities in our region, I will be very satisfied with that than having SGF who does not have power to do anything. This is why I believe that getting Buhari to do our roads is very important, to giving someone a ministerial appointment or SGF which serves the personal interest of the appointee. We are traders, we are business people. All we need is access roads.
“We held the position for six years; I don’t see anything special in it. Our people are more interested in getting the roads fixed than holding appointments. Who told you that if an Igbo man is appointed SGF, he will exert much influence to get those roads fixed? The APC has not zoned the position to the South-East. It is not true.”

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