Kalu’s Support For Tinubu, APC, Geared Towards Attracting Projects, Political Appointments In Southeast, Ndigbo Told
By Charity Uwakwe
A cross- section of Abians in the Diaspora under the aegis of “Assured Likeminds” led by Flavian Sam has urged aggrieved Ndigbo to desist from blackmailing and criticizing Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Senate, following his support for Ahmed Bola Tinubu during the 2023 Presidential election.
The group pointed out that Senator Kalu’s support for Tinunu was not borne out of his personal interest, rather in his quest to attract meaningful projects, as well as notable political appointments to the region.
It is no longer news that the former Governor of Abia State had despite the rising critics, unalloyedly supported Tinubu.
Sam regretted that the people of South East had been neglected over the years.
The group commended the political sagacity of the Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu, who has consistently canvassed support for the President-elect, adding that he (Kalu) was called unprintable names in various quarters in Igboland for supporting the APC at all levels.
The group, therefore, in a release, appealed to President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to correct age-long marginalization of Ndigbo by balancing political appointments based on federal character.
Sam while admonishing Ndigbo to embrace national politics, cautioned those blackmailing Kalu for throwing his weight behind the President-elect and APC, pointed out that the former Governor of Abia State will continue to support the APC in a bid to attract federal projects and political appointments to the South East.
He said, ” I wish to congratulate Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his victory in the recently conducted presidential election.
“As a Nigerian of South East extraction, in my opinion, for the sake of nationhood, I humbly urge the President-elect to integrate Ndigbo into national politics by giving the position of Senate President and other key appointments to the South East.
“The low number of votes casted for the APC in the elections is as a result of the neglect of the South East over the years.
“We are optimistic that the President-elect, who is a genuine progressive and highly detrabilized Nigerian will correct the imbalance in national politics.
“Despite the level of blackmail meted out to Kalu, he didn’t shy away from justifying his Pan- Nigerian disposition and support for Tinubu.
“We commend Kalu for his commitment to the integration of Ndigbo into national politics”.
Sam charged Ndigbo to join hands with Asiwaju Tinubu and other stakeholders in building a prosperous Nigeria.