Posters alleging that a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is set for the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have surfaced in Abuja.
The posters were largely seen along the ever busy Airport Road.
They bore the inscription: “Vote Orji Kalu for President on the platform of the APC.”
However, Kalu has distanced himself from the posters.
He described them as fake campaign posters.
According to Kalu, who is also a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, the posters are the handiwork of political jobbers and speculators, who are afraid of his unstoppable political feat.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu insists that he is solidly behind the candidature of Buhari if he so desires to run in 2019, adding that the North should be allowed to complete its eight years before the Igbo will have “their rightful turn in 2023”.
Kalu said: “After a two-week business trip to China, to my surprise on my way from Nnamdi Azikwe International airport, Abuja this morning, I sighted the malicious posters in my name with the caption: ‘Kalu for President.’
“It is definitely the handiwork of some politicians who are either afraid of my political capacity or enemies of the present administration as I have continually maintained my support for Mr. President.
“The action of these jobless politicians is a ploy to damage the robust relationship I have with President Buhari and the top hierarchy of the APC.?
“Such political blackmail is not only disheartening but unhealthy for Nigeria’s growing democracy.
“While I call on the unsuspecting public, especially members of the APC, to disregard the vicious posters, I am also reaffirming my unflinching and unaltered support for Mr. President.
“I will contest in 2019 by the grace of God but definitely not for President.”
The APC chieftain while appealing to the political class to play the game by the rules, called on the electorate to be wary of desperate politicians, adding that the collective interest of Nigerians is paramount and should be placed above selfish ambitions.
WHO SAID WHAT?
Being objective, passionate and with a resounding will to deliver. When you have all these, the system might not want you because they will know you will not take nonsense. But it’s about integrity, value and service delivery for what you do. People do say I am hard or wicked, it’s just that I will not compromise and I am principled. I should be a value added person to the process because women of Kwara have gone beyond just clapping for those on the field. We also want to be enter history books as worthy contributors to the success of the dynasty.
– CHAIRMAN, LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION, HAJIA SARAT ADEBAYO SPEAKING ON WHY SHE IS BEING REFERRED TO AS IRON LADY
It’s not all about party. Even the president is not an APC president but the president of the Ffederal Republic of Nigeria including the witches and wizards of this country. He is the president of everybody. Development process is national and no one should be partisan about it. If you find a good man in PDP or APGA that can do the job perfectly appoint him or her in the interest of National development than to bring an APC man that has no idea of what to do.
– KOGI WEST SENATOR, DINO MELAYE SPEAKING ON WHY PRESIDENT BUHARI MUST LOOK BEYOND PARTY TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.
The party is a revolution in Kwara State because people are tired of the system on ground because of so many reasons. APDA has come to provide that alternative platform people have been looking for in the state to contest election.
– KWARA STATE CHAIRMAN OF APDA, ENGR YUNUSA AFOLABI ON WHY HIS PARTY REMAINS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE FOR KWARANS
We are contesting the local government poll despite not having confidence in Ajidagba because we believe we would have removed him through the court before then
-FORMER FACTIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE PDP, IYIOLA OYEDEPO SAYING THE PARTY HAS NO CONFIDENCE IN KWSIEC CHAIRMAN IN THE STATE, DR UTHMAN AJIDAGBA