The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, says the North East remains the only alternative to South East presidency.
Orji Kalu, in a statement on Sunday, May 22, in Abuja, reaffirmed his support to the North East in the absence of the Presidency being zoned to the South East by political parties.
He said his position was because no Igbo man loved the Igbo people than he does.
A foremost nationalist, Chief Mbazuluike Amechi, had criticised Orji Kalu for seemingly abandoning the quest for South East presidency; and throwing his weight behind Senate President Ahmed Lawan.
Orji Kalu who had been advocating for a South East presidency in 2023, had also in January announced his personal interest in the office.
However, in a recent statement, the former governor of Abia said he decided to withdraw from the race; since there was “no zoning in APC’’.
“I have known Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi for the past 30 years; and I have great respect for him.
“However, I totally disagree with him and his opinion about my support for the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan.
“If we should stick to every of the expectations enumerated in the statement he allegedly signed; we would be making similar mistakes we made in the past.
“There is no Igbo man that loves Igbo people more than I do,’’ Kalu said.
Describing himself as a detribalised Nigerian, Kalu added that he remained a very realistic and optimistic Igbo man.
According to the former governor of Abia, people easily forgot the too many prices I have paid in defence of Ndigbo.
“Good politicians win elections before the elections take place; and I genuinely want the South East to win.
“I expected that the president, after President Buhari, will emerge from the South East.
“That was why I was constantly urging all the political parties to be fair to every region of this country.
“The fairness which I talked about was about the South East; and the North East, the two zones that are yet to produce the President of Nigeria.
“Unless the two parties zone their tickets to the South East, there is no fairness. I believe the zoning was the best means a South Easterner could become president,’’ Kalu said.