Former Abia State governor and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu has dismissed fake campaign posters pasted along the Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with the inscription: Vote Orji Kalu for President on the platform of the APC.
Kalu, who is also a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, said the posters are the handiwork of political jobbers and speculators, who are afraid of his unstoppable political feat.
In a statement issued in Abuja, by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, yesterday, Kalu insisted he is solidly behind president Buhari’s candidature if he desires to run for a second term in 2019, and added that the North should be allowed to complete eight years in power before Igbo can get their rightful turn in 2023.
“After a two-week business trip to China, to my surprise, on my way from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, (yesterday) morning, I sighted 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,” Kalu declared.
The APC chieftain also appealed to the political class to play the game by the rules. He called on the electorate to be wary of desperate politicians, and added that the collective interest of Nigerians is paramount and should be placed above selfish ambitions.