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Orji Kalu dismisses LP’s Peter Obi, says Nigeria not ready for Igbo presidency

Orji Kalu dismisses LP’s Peter Obi, says Nigeria not ready for Igbo presidency

Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu has said Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obo, cannot win the coming election because Nigerians are not ready for an Igbo president now.

Speaking Wednesday on the 2023 general elections during a Channels Television programme, ‘The Verdict’, the former Abia state governor said Saturday’s presidential election would not be the best outing for the Igbo people.

The APC lawmaker representing Abia North senatorial district said the region would need to amass bulk votes from five other regions out of the remaining to be victorious.

Dismissing the chances of Obi emerging victorious in the polls, Kalu said: “I’m well-experienced; I ran for President in 2007 and I’m not sure Nigerians are yet ready for a President of Igbo extraction.

“I’m not sure because I have tried to nose around that. We have five other regions to come up with and I am not sure.

“The people of the South-East are the best professionals but not the best politicians.

“We do politics with emotions and I want Igbos to stop doing politics with emotions; I want Igbos to do practical politics,” he added.

Speaking on the candidate adopted by the five aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors popularly known as G5, Kalu said they were silently working for the victory of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Kalu said: “The G5 came together and they are working together and I don’t even believe the governor of Benue State, possibly, he just wants to use that (endorsement) to win an election because the G5, from inside sources, have made up their minds that they are not going to work for any other person than Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC,” the lawmaker maintained.

He further expressed confidence that Tinubu would win with a landslide victory in Abia state and the Igbo-dominated zone.


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