Buhari might not want automatic ticket in 2019 — Kalu

Orji Uzor-Kalu
Orji Uzor-Kalu

Former Abia governor, Orji Kalu, said on Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari might not be interested in getting an automatic ticket to re-contest.

Mr. Kalu told journalists at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, that the president would prefer a situation where other candidates would explore the democratic process to test their popularity.

“Buhari himself is not even looking for automatic ticket,” Mr. Kalu said.

“He is a man that is very fair and free in what he does.

“And his feeling is that if any candidate is willing to contest against him, he should come out.

“So President Buhari is also feeling that an automatic ticket for him is not right.

“He believes that the political space should be opened up for other people who also want to contest and he wants an open primary (elections) to take place,” he said.

He said he would support Mr. Buhari should he indicate interest to run for a second term.

“I have said it times without number, that the president needs to consolidate on his achievements because he is very popular.

“He is still the only person carrying 15 million votes in his back despite his tenure being besieged by illness.

“So the president genuinely deserves a second tenure,’’ Mr. Kalu said.

He also ruled out the chances of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coming back in 2019.

Mr. Kalu said Mr. Buhari was under restraint not to expose the huge corruption that took place at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He said if Nigerians knew what happened at the NNPC, they would not allow any of the looters to run away from the country.

Mr. Kalu wished former Vice President Atiku Abubakar well on his future endeavours following his decision to leave APC. (NAN)

Editor’s Note: The headline for this report has been amended to accurately reflect Mr. Kalu’s remarks.


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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Yes we know that Orji will even sell his blokos to stop his EFCC corruption cases.

  • Emmanuel Maduagwu

    As Reported, “Shagari’s regime (1979-1983) incurred
    Buhari’s wrath when it decided to investigate the US$2.8 billion (current value
    $68billion) that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the
    Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during General Obasanjo’s era
    as military head of state that preceded Shagari’s. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki
    of Ilorin, was the majority party leader of the Senate at the time and he
    headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money after some three years
    of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society. The money was
    traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Buhari, Obasanjo’s
    appointee as military head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company—“

    • A Aminu

      As reported by you.
      When are we going to stop this hate writings for goodness sake.

  • Solomon Brown

    Another corrupt turncoat just blabbing.

    • Arogbo

      Governor Kalu just want us to believe that he’s now one of the Exco member of APC, but knowing Ndigbos, they wouldn’t vote for APC because of Orji Kalu.

  • Otile

    When did this odale become Imam Buhari’s spokesman? Islamic APC is absurd.

    • Arogbo

      Otile your brother Orji Kalu na original odale and ole jatijati.

  • Arogbo

    Orji Kalu in APC? Wonder never ends in Nigeria. Very soon he would be bragging that he single handedly bankrolled APC.

  • atakamosu

    Buhari will loose in 2019, it is no secret Tinubu is working against him. Besides Buhari has not performed, and the APC is a party of Obanikoro, Tinubu, Evans and ci. Go figure, a group of robbers.

  • Julius

    lolz, Kalu is working hard for a favour ! I do not blame him, that’s how the looters roll !. Koro is also back with the Apc. What a joke.