S’East paying for not supporting APC – Orji Uzor Kalu
* Says Igbo ‘ve no reason to complain
By Steve Oko
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu representing Abia North district, APC, has said that the current political exclusion of the South East geopolitical zone in the country is the price for the zone’s failure to deliver the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
The former Governor who was speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony in his honour at his Camp Neya, Igbere country home said Ndigbo were the architects of their political woes.
He blamed the South East zone for not supporting APC during the elections, saying the zone does not have any justifiable reason to complain of exclusion or marginalisation since they voted against APC.
His words : ” We did not vote for APC and we are paying for it today. Other people voted wisely – 60 :40% but South East voted massively for the opposition.
” So, since we didn’t vote for APC, we have no basis to complain.
” We didn’t vote (for APC) yet we want APC to give us Senate President, Deputy Senate President and other juicy positions. How possible?
” Next time we should vote like the Yoruba in South West. Ndigbo need to be wiser politically. “
Senator Kalu however said no part of Nigeria should be discriminated against, adding that Nigeria’s diversity should be for her strength.
He posited that Ndigbo are everywhere in Nigeria and should take advantage of their large voting population to get a fair share of the ‘national cake’.
“Everywhere you go in Nigeria today, after the indigenes, Igbo are the next in population. We are the proud people of this country.
“In Lagos Igbo constitute 43% of the voting strength. In Abuja we are 40%, in Kano Igbo make up 10 to 15% of the voting strength. Time has come for us to exploit that advantage by going out to register and vote during elections “.
The former Governor explained that he decided to step down from contesting for the position of the Deputy Senate President because of his respect for party supremacy.
He said that since his party had endorsed some for the position, he had no choice as a loyal party man to abide by the decision of his party, boasting that he could have won if he had contested.
“I didn’t step down out of fear but in obedience to my party’s decision. I could have won but I didn’t want to disobey my party since party is supreme. “
Kalu promised to give his constituency a quality representation at the Senate, adding that henceforth he would treat his constituents as one people.
Speaking earlier, the Director General of his Campaign Organisation, Mr. Azubuike Udah, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, described Kalu as “a round peg in a round hole “.
He thanked the people for giving him their mandate and said they would not be disappointed.
The event drew a crowd of supporters and fans of the senator from across the five councils in the zone.
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