Why Igbos will ‘massively’ vote for Buhari in 2019 – Kalu

File photo of Orji Uzor Kalu joining APC

Igbos will massively vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 so as not to disrupt the zoning formula, a former Abia State governor and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Orji Kalu, has said.

Speaking at an interview session on Arise Television on Saturday, Mr. Kalu
noted that it would be unwise for any Igbo man to challenge Mr. Buhari in 2019.

“2023 is the best bet,” he said.

The unwritten power-sharing agreement known as zoning obliges the country’s
major parties to alternate the presidency between northern and southern
officeholders every eight years.

It was consolidated during Nigeria’s first two democratic transfers of power — in 1999 and 2007.

It was however truncated in 2011 when former President Goodluck Jonathan, from the South-south, contested and won the General elections.

Mr. Jonathan was heralded to the top seat by providence when President Umaru Yar’Adua died in May 2010.

Mr. Jonathan also contested the 2015 general election against the wish of political blocks in the country who felt the presidency ought to have been zoned to the North for eight years.

“After Buhari’s eight years, nobody in Nigeria can tell us that our region
cannot produce the president. Majority of the Igbo people will massively support Buhari in 2019. They did not support him in 2015. But, in 2019, they will massively vote for him. I am passing a vote of confidence in him
because he has integrity.

“I am not the only one passing a vote of confidence in Buhari, the APC governors just endorsed him for a second term, the World Bank is supporting what he is doing, so also is the European Union, including other powerful world leaders,” Mr. Kalu said in the interview.

Mr. Kalu also explained why he joined the APC.

“I will add a lot of value to the APC in the South-east. Buhari’s illness slowed him down, no doubt, but he has done well so far. I have been in the opposition for 10 years now. I joined Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) in 2006.

“But, I joined APC because of Buhari. I joined because of his integrity, so
as to help grow the party in the South-east. APC has come to stay in the
South-east. Buhari contesting in 2019 is not only for himself but also, for
the South-east.”

President Muhammadu Buhari gave the clearest hint so far that he will seek re-election in 2019 during the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit held in Cote d’Ivoire barely a week ago.


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    Why Kalu the croock will do anything including selling his blokos to ensure that his case with EFCC does not see the light of day.

    The criminals of the APC are obstructing justice at the EFCC as a pay back to a suspected thief who stole Abia state into penury .

    • Iskacountryman

      if na you nko?

  • Haruna

    What is his name again? Is that Karu or Kalu? Whatever, he should go and sit his punk asshole down.

  • Darlington

    When has Kalu assume the position of Igbo mouthpiece. Paper-weight politician.

  • ikenna

    Running away from EFFC lol

  • Arabakpura

    If zoning is the reason why the Igbo will have to vote massively for Buhari, let somebody from Cameroon come and be the President!

  • Capital Truth

    This man has started taking snuff simply because EFCC rope on his neck.

  • Otile

    It is disgusting how this man avoided EFFC probe by defecting to Buhari’s Islamic APC party. The party is now a haven for looters incompetent politicians.

  • thusspokez

    This man is talking nonsense, but what does one expect from a stúpíd and deluded Igbo man? Buhari does not like Igbos, Igbos can all vote for him next time, but he is not going to change his attitude towards them.

  • Emmanuel Maduagwu

    It’s Atiku we want. and Atiku is not an Igbo man. Henceforth the Igbo will engage in Chameleon Dance to counter Buhari’s Python Dance. Orji Uzor Kalu’s pretence is one such a chameleon dance!

  • abodes_124

    when is Ibori to have his APC welcoming party

  • Mentus

    Has Kalu not taken note of the result of local government elections held in two SE states, as well as Anambra state governorship election. It the same electorates in the SE who will vote in 2019, so Kalu can dream on.

  • Ashe Tetenta

    It is time for Igbo Leaders to realize they have only one vote each. Meaning, no Igbo Leader is authorized to speak on my behalf. ALL POLITICIANS TAKE NOTE.

  • Ishaku isaac

    Promoting Buhari will not stop your prosecution by EFCC. You are only buying time Mr. Kalu. Igbo’s will vote the Anambra way.

  • North/West Allies

    This man is crazy, you and your family alone. You can’t even win election in your ward. People of Igbere hate you because you are the reason why ABia state is poor despite billions generated in Aba alone yearly. You spent 8 years in office looting Abia fund

    Nobody will listen to you, I am sure that your children and wife won’t listen to you…So go and face your corruption trail you criminal

  • Fada4Life

    Wow this man has seen the light and want to liberate his people at all cost…….. anyway carry on with your emancipation rescue of Ndigbo

  • Festus Oyedele

    Really this Kalu is nuts. Speak for yourself please. Ninkompu

  • Chamberlain Maduako

    Speak for yourself boss. Supported PMB in the last election, but won’t make the same mistake in 2019.

  • monnie Uwa

    Is Kalu a person, who is he talking to, himself for sure. His 8 years as a Governor what can he point to as a feet on the sand of history. Its only in Nigeria that a man with criminal cases in court can carry himself a being. He cannot win election in his village.

    • Dauda Sawbana

      I’m yet to see the person who deceive himself more than Kalu . Kalu talking about zoning system for presidency? Can he explain the section in Nigerian constitution that promulgated zoning system for election right from councillor ship to presidency? Even Buhari would go for primary election to emerge as the candidate of APC! Kalu is telling people that if they present so called Kanu the Hausa APC would vote for him to emerge as the candidate? Sir , stop deceiving the masses ; extend Igbo presidential ambition to the northern part of the Nation!