The Senate chief whip Orji Uzor Kalu has been vigorously meeting stakeholders to let them know his intentions to become Nigeria’s first Igbo President since the return to democracy in 1999.
It is not that an Igbo man has never been president. The Igbo’s in Nigeria feel marginalized in Nigerian politics since 1999. Each general election year has been an occasion to reecho the cry of marginalization and most times, an Igbo president is projected as the solution.
Orji Uzor Kalu is not new to expressing his ambition to be president. In 2007 he tried to contest the presidential election but pulled out of the race.
He joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has been a key player in most issues affecting the party. He is now backing at a time when most people feel that it is time for an Igbo president.
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Orji Uzor Kalu was detained and con cited for corruption but his legal team managed to quash the sentence and grant him freedom. Within just months after he was set free, the former Abia state Governor has been building his political links in the country and projecting himself as the answer to the Igbo president question on the minds of southeast politicians.
Should the APC zone the party’s presidential seat to the southeast, Orji Uzor Kalu stands a high chance of emerging as the party’s candidate because of his consistency with the APC even during his conviction.
He has visited former Nigerian military president Ibrahim Babangida at his hilltop residence in Minna, Niger State, and his support group is already hitting the road with the mission of achieving the “Igbo President” goal with Orji Uzor Kalu.
However, it is risky for the ruling APC to zone its presidential ticket to the Southeast for fear of loosing to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party if it fields a northern candidate. This might be the major obstacle to O.U.K.2023 ambition who like Obasanjo and Buhari has been to prison.
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