A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, says his clamor for a president of Igbo origin in 2015 is not based on the platform of any political party.
Kalu, at the United States of America, last week, said that to achieve the lofty aim, it has to be beyond the confines of a political party, hence the formation of a non partisan political movement, the Njiko Igbo.
He said it has thus become imperative for all Igbo sons and daughters, home and abroad, to unite behind the Njiko Igbo for the realization of the objective of having, for the first time in Nigeria, an elected president of South-East origin.
A statement by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, quoted Kalu as saying: “I am playing the role of protem coordinator of Njiko Igbo for the unity of our region in particular and Nigeria as a whole, using this platform to bring Igbo sons and daughters together irrespective of their political affiliations and associations.”
Kalu spoke at a dinner in his honor by Yoruba professionals at the residence of Chris Ogunrinde in Charlotte, North Carolina, adding that as a person charged with the noble role of coordinating the aspirations of the Igbo and reaching out to others regions, he needed to be neutral by not associating with any political party at this point.
Kalu said: “I need to be neutral at all levels in achieving a unifying platform for this laudable project.
“However, we are ready to support any political party that zones its presidential ticket to the South East, which is in line with our cardinal objective”.