A former chairman of Ohafia local area of Abia State, Barr Emeka Kalu has backed the decision of former governor of the state and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu to withdraw from the 2023 Presidential race.
Kalu who had been agitating for a Southeast Presidency recently withdrew from the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in support of the Senate President; Ahmad Lawan, after it was clear that the party was not going to zone the presidency to the Southeast.
The decision of the Senate Chief Whip has generated a lot of mix feelings among his supporters and his southeast brothers who felt that it was wrong for Kalu to make such pronouncement.
But Barr. Kalu has come out to back Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s decision, stressing that the lawmaker’s reason for withdrawing from the 2023 Presidential race is a good and well thought out move.
According to the ex-Ohafia LG boss, “With this open support for Senate President Lawan and the northeast, Senator Kalu has in a way censured Tinubu and five other south westerners who are seeking a second Yoruba Presidency even as a Yoruba man is the current Vice President.
“The aspirations of Tinubu and his Yoruba-Five is not only unfair but mostly a disrespect and disregard for the Southeast and the Igbo nation.
“It seems to me that Tinubu and co. will prefer to disrupt the Nigerian political system than to give an Igbo man a shot at the Presidency.
“I daresay that it speaks to their inner feelings about the Igbo.
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“Therefore H.E. Orji Uzor Kalu’s statement of support for Senate President Lawan and the northeast is well placed and timely.”