Orji Uzor Kalu Says Igbo Should Forget About Presidency In 2023
Kalu wants Tinubu to become president.
Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has opined that the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria should forget about having a candidate that will win the 2023 presidential elections, insisting that the region must wait until every other part of the country zones the presidency to southeast.
The Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate made his views public while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, February 20, 2022 at the National Assembly Complex. Kalu said Nigerian presidency is not a regional issue and noted that Igbo politicians seeking to become president of Nigeria must forget their 2023 dreams.
“Presidency is not a regional issue. I asked the political parties to zone the presidency to the South East. When they didn’t do that, and since presidency is not a regional issue, I had to withdraw…I have no problem with Igbo man being president. But we have to do it with other Nigerians. If we don’t do it with other Nigerians, it is not going to work, no matter how popular you are. It’s president of Nigeria, not president of Igboland.’’
Orji Uzor Kalu
The Senator also believes that he is supposed to be Nigeria’s president if it were to be zoned to the southeast and disclosed that the election is about party, urging the people of the southeast to vote for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
“I’m an Igbo man to the core. I’m also a Nigerian to the core. If anyone from the Southeast would have been nominated for presidency, I would have been the one. So, it’s a party business. I have no grudges against anybody who is running…So, it is not personal. It is political and party. This thing is about party winning elections. I have chosen to be in APC. Why will I vote against Tinubu? It’s madness, and I’m not going to do it. Elections go along party line, not along tribal line…For me, we will wait for another time and see how all Nigerians will agree to zone the presidency to the Igboland. But for now, our presidential candidate is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu is a strategic leader, he will make his presidency beneficial to the Igbo. The Igbo will be the biggest beneficiaries of Tinubu’s presidency.”
Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi (Labour Party), is giving Tinubu (APC) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP) a run for their money as campaigns for the 2023 presidential election is set to commence this September.
Featured Image Credit: Punch