25 November 2012

Nigeria: Nobody Can Stop My Return to PDP - Kalu

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has dismissed moves by some politicians led by the State governor, Chief Theodore Orji, to block his anticipated return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Kalu, spoke to the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Thursday, saying that his focus for now is not about party organisation but for the unity of the Igbo race with the sole objective of producing the next president of Nigeria, using the platform of the 2015 general election.

He added that any political platform that provides that opportunity would be the vehicle to be used for the realisation of the objective.

According to him, the reason he decided to remain apolitical is to ensure that no Igbo, both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, feel left out of the move to produce the country's next president.

He said the non-partisan Igbo group, Njiko Igbo, of which he is the protem chairman, will galvanise all Igbos for the purpose.

"Since we lost Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, we have lost a lot of statesmen and the former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme is getting old, we need to go round and tell our people to come up.

"Let other people stop doing caricature with the Igbos. That is our focus and that is where most of the people who genuinely like the Igbos are focusing on.

"I am not in any political party. I am not talking about partisan politics and I will support any platform on which the Igbo presidential candidate will emerge in the next election."

On why Governor Theodore of Abia State and others visited the national headquarters of the PDP to prevent any future move by him to return to the party which he was a founding member, Kalu said: "Well, it is fear for the bad things they have done in one way or the other."

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