Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu has dismissed calls for an “Igbo presidency,” saying he is a loyal supporter of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, headlinenews.news reports.
Kalu made this statement in an interview with Arise TV on Tuesday, monitored by headlinenews.news correspondent, February 21, 2023.
According to him, there can only be a president of Nigeria of Igbo extraction.
The former Governor of Abia State said; ‘First of all, there is nothing like Igbo presidency. There can only be a president of Nigeria of Igbo extraction.
“I belong to a political party. As you know, party politics whether it is Canada, the U.S., or London, party supremacy and loyalty is the first and last to any man that belongs to a political party.
“I have no regret telling you that this business (politics) is not done by tribe. It is not done by region. It is not a regional business. I support my party, APC.”
The South-East region has not produced a president since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999.
Meanwhile, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has denied supporting the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Ikpeazu was reacting to claims by the Senate chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, that he was backing Tinubu’s presidency.
He spoke while addressing journalists after inspecting the ongoing final asphalt overlay on Faulks Road, Aba.
According to Ikpeazu: “No member of G5 can railroad another member into supporting anyone against his will as suggested by Senator Kalu”.