A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that nothing will stop
the incumbent president from contesting the 2019 general elections and that it’s only
sickness that can stop President Muhammadu Buhari from seeking re-election in
The former Governor said this while he was speaking with journalists at the Murtala
Muhammed Airport, Lagos, on Sunday night and he added that the president was
ready for the task ahead.
He said, “Buhari is an honest man and will tell Nigerians at the right time whether he
will seek re- election or not. We pray that his health gets better and that his doctors
give him a clean bill of health.
“You know Buhari is also a man of conscience, if he feels his health will not allow
him to seek re- election he will not go ahead. But, if he feels he capable of running he
will seek re- election.
“It his right, he is entitled to second term. Even, people that failed in their class can
also repeat in either elementary or secondary school.
“Buhari is working. The Second Niger Bridge for instance is being constructed, so
you see that though things are difficult, but it could be better.”
Kalu disclosed that though people of the South East, had been cheated in many ways,
but the Buhari administration would provide a window for new a beginning for the
He said, “The problem with Nigeria is inability to build national cohesion, by all
“We are still talking about tribe where people come from, what people think about
their religion .
“We need to impress it on all Nigerians that we need a country where all stakeholders
feel a sense of belonging.
“Not minding where they come from or where they live, they should feel at home
whether in Ogbomosho, Lagos, Ibadan, Sokoto, Enugu, they should feel at home.
“The earlier we have that sense of belonging the better for all of us.”
In addition, Kalu said, it would be the right thing to do to allow the South East take a
shot at the presidency in 2023.
“It is the right thing to do, Nigeria is built on a tripod, when you allow the South East
to have the Presidency by 2023 that will be the end of the civil war” he said.
Meanwhile, in response to the statement credited to Alhaji Junaid Mohammed that the
elite in the North would not support Buhari’s bid for second term, Kalu said there was
nothing to worry about elite conspiracy, as Buhari would get the support of the masses
He said, “If the elite refuse to support Buhari, the masses will support Buhari. The
elite are few in number; the people that will support Buhari are the masses, who
sincerely believe in Buhari.
“They are people who not know any other thing other than Buhari. By my assumption,
if President Buhari had 12.5 million supporters in the last general election, there is an
additional 10 million supporters in the bank. That is what we call reserve, it is still
Kalu also called on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju
Bola Tinubu to accelerate his efforts at reconciling aggrieved members of the ruling