Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, have replied the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose for accusing him of deceiving the Igbo people.
Kalu explained that his interest in having Igbo at mainstream politics, with the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the pivot, was to ensure they have links and connection at the central government and benefit from it.
Reacting to the comments made by Fayose, in Lokoja, while delivering a keynote address, entitled, “Mainstream Igbo in Nigeria politics,” at the inauguration of Ndigbo Support Group for Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB), Kalu said his political decisions have always been in the interest of Igbo and Nigerians.
He said Igbo ought to be strategically positioned at the centre stage of politics, adding that, “A few weeks ago, Fayose granted an interview, saying I am deceiving the Igbo.
How can I deceive the Igbo when I am taking you to the centre stage of Nigeria politics, when I am taking you to be part of Nigeria’s decision making, when I am taking you to stand with 24 governors than to stand with 10 governors? How can I deceive you when you will be part of ministerial decision?
How can I deceive you when by tomorrow you will be part of the Federal Government than to stand with a minority party?
“This is not the spirit of an Igbo man. Our spirit is to belong where other Nigerians are. That is the spirit other Igbo man should carry along. As Igbo, it behooves on us to stand by the truth.
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