The controversial former Governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, on Monday, clamoured for the Igbo’s to unite before the 2015 presidential election.
Mr. Kalu, who has been consulting with leaders across Nigeria, including the Oni of Ife, Okunade Sjuade, for his presidential ambition, held consultations with prominent Igbo leaders in Anambra.
Addressing the leaders in Onitsha, Mr. Kalu said that the primary objective of the meeting is to unite all Igbo groups for the major tasks ahead including the 2015 Presidential Election.
The former governor appealed to the Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe, to get involved in the project to unite the Igbos.
“My message is Igbo unity (Njiko Igbo). We are not preventing other Igbo groups like MASSOB, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Aka-Ikenga, among others,
from carrying out their own objectives.
“We do not belong to any political party; what we are doing is to unite Ndigbo (the Igbo’s) and make them a bundle of broom,” Mr. Kalu
Earlier, in her remark, a senator representing Okigwe Senatorial District of Imo State, Chris Anyanwu, said Ndigbo needs someone who
could champion Igbo unity successfully, adding that Mr. Kalu is a suitable material.
She hinted that that Mr. Kalu had been called upon to lead a movement to get an Igbo President come 2015. She said he initially resisted the
offer on the grounds that he had retired from politics adding that he decided to make the move for the good of the Igbo race.
Ms. Anyanwu disclosed that the group would soon meet with all the existing political parties in Igbo land, and also hold talks with the
South East Governors’ Forum.
The group would equally have audience with religious leaders, traditional institutions, and various interests groups, she said.
In his remark, Mr. Achebe said the unity of Ndigbo would enable the Igbo people to achieve their aspirations. The monarch also lamented
that majority of investments owned by Ndigbo were outside Igbo land.
He said if the government could stop armed robbery and kidnapping in the zone, and provide jobs for the youth, Ndigbo could bring their
investments back home.