Speaking in an interview on Arise TV, however, admitted that if Buhari decides to run for a second term in 2019, he would need to strike a deal with the Igbos on certain pressing issues.
“APC has come to stay in the south-east. Buhari’s contest in 2019 is not only for himself but for the south-east. 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 on him because he has integrity.
“I am not the only one passing a vote of confidence on Buhari, the APC governors just endorsed him for a second term, the World Bank is supporting what he is doing, so also is the EU, including other powerful world leaders,” he said.
Orji Uzor Kalu who defected to APC in November 2016, said he did so because of President Buhari’s personality.
“I will add a lot of value to the APC in the south-east. I have been in the opposition for 10 years now. I joined Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) since 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’.
According to Kalu, Buhari can secure 75 percent of the votes from the South-east states in 2019 election if he is able to address the infrastructure decay ravaging the zone.
He said if Buhari decides to run for a second term in 2019, he would need to strike a deal with the Igbos on how to fix federal roads and boost electricity supply in the region in order to win their support.
“If the president is going to run again, we will force him to declare our area a special area and we are going to give him 75 per cent of the votes. He will declare and give us an emergency consideration.
“Some places like Aba and Onitsha can provide anything you need and we can manufacture everything there if we can have adequate electricity,” Orji Uzor Kalu said.
When asked what can be done to stem the tide of agitations and separatist positions in the South-east such as the one being led by the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Kalu said as far he was concerned, the people were only demanding for the right atmosphere that will enable their businesses to thrive.
Kalu said with a good road network and adequate power supply in major cities like Aba and Onitsha, the Igbo have the capacity to achieve the country’s target in industrialisation.
“Give us good light in Aba, give us good roads in Aba, give us good roadside light in Onitsha. We are not asking for you to do any other thing, we are capable of manufacturing things. Everything done in China can be manufactured in Aba and Onitsha.
“We are capable, Nnewi is already doing it and they will go hi-tech with technology if given the necessary encouragement. We have the people but we don’t have the management. We don’t have the asset.
“The people that did the privatisation of the electricity sector, did it wrongly. The electricity companies were handed over to friends and that was not the right thing to do,” Orji Uzor Kalu said.