Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has called on all Igbos to cast their vote in support of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forth-coming 2019 presidential election.
He made the call while addressing journalists at the country home of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Dr. Sam Onyishi in Nsukka, Enugu State.
According to the former governor, president Buhari can only address the issue of marginalization facing the region if they re-elected him in the coming election.
Speaking further, Mr Orji Uzor Kalu also said Igbo people will give Buhari 70 per cent of the votes he needs in the 2019 presidential election.
“Marginalisation of Igbos did not start today. It is something that has been there immediately after the civil war; so, Buhari will not take only four years to correct it.
“We were not on board in 2015, but, we will be on board in 2019, and we will address the issue. I want to be involved when I have given the votes, because, when you give votes, you can ask questions.
“If I don’t give votes, I cannot ask questions; I cannot come to paradise with 0.5 per cent votes for the president; I want to give the president over 70 per cent votes, than, I can ask questions and say ‘I was sent by my people.
“I joined the APC to encourage president Buhari to run, again, and we are going to use his regime to correct the injustice meted to Ndigbo and also, fight for the oneness of the country.
“I didn’t join the APC to go and look at the rock in Abuja; I joined the APC to use it for the benefit of Igbo and Nigeria at large.”
Orji Uzor Kalu has, at different times, restated his support for president Buhari’s re-election, soliciting for Igbo people to vote for his return.
He had said on November 5, that the Igbos would produce the President in 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure.
According to Kalu, who spoke in Umuahia during the annual harvest of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, the future of the Igbo in Nigeria politics is brighter now in APC than ever before, insisting that producing an Igbo president is a task every true Igbo indigene must key into, just as he noted that APC is the best platform to achieve the dream.
Kanu had therefore urged Ndigbo to support President Buhari and his re-election to achieve the dream of Igbo presidency in 2023. He admonished them to learn from their past political experience.