Orji Kalu, a former governor of Abia State and the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, has expressed doubts about Nigerians’ readiness for a president from the South-East geopolitical zone. Speaking on Channels Television’s special election program on Wednesday, Kalu said that the South-East region would need the support of five other regions for one of their own to become the President of Nigeria. He also noted that he is not sure Nigerians are ready for a President of Igbo extraction, adding that Igbos need to do practical politics instead of politics with emotions.
Kalu, who is a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Abia North Senatorial District, expressed confidence that the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, will win in Abia State and the zone.
He also predicted that the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) known as the G5 or the Integrity Group, which includes Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), will work for Tinubu’s ambition. However, Kalu dismissed the chances of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, saying that the G5 had made up their minds to work for Tinubu’s victory.