I Will Contest In 2019 - Orji Uzor Kalu
Former Abia State governor and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu has revealed that he will contest for an office in 2019, it just won't be for the office of the president of the Federal Republic.
Orji said this while denying rumours of his alleged presidential ambition in 2019.
He also denied having anything to do with campaign posters speculating that he would run for the office of the President in 2019.
The posters with the inscription "Vote Orji Kalu for President on the platform of the APC'', were pasted in some major streets in Abuja.
According to Kalu, who is also a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, the posters are the handiwork of political jobbers and speculators.In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday and signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu insisted that he is solidly behind the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari if he so desires to run in 2019, adding that the North should be allowed to complete their eight years before Igbos get their rightful turn in 2023.
He said, ”after a two-week business trip to China, to my surprise on my way from Nnamdi Azikwe International airport, Abuja this morning, I sighted the malicious posters in my name with the caption: "Kalu for President".
"It is definitely the handiwork of some politicians who are either afraid of my political capacity or enemies of the present administration as I have continually maintained my support for Mr. President.
"The action of these jobless politicians is a ploy to damage the robust relationship I have with President Buhari and the top hierarchy of the APC.
"Such political blackmail is not only disheartening but unhealthy for Nigeria’s growing democracy.
"While I call on the unsuspecting public, especially members of the APC, to disregard the vicious posters, I am also reaffirming my unflinching and unaltered support for Mr. President.
”I will contest in 2019 by the grace of God but definitely not for President”, Kalu declared.
The APC chieftain, while appealing to the political class to play the game by the rules, called on the electorate to be wary of desperate politicians, adding that the collective interest of Nigerians is paramount and should be placed above selfish ambitions.
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