- …calls for unity, peace, love
By Ngozi Onwukwe, Aba
The Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and Senator representing Abia North Senatorial Zone, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has vowed that he will back up the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to emerge victorious in the 2023 guber election.
The senator who spoke in his country home of Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State during a heart-to-heart chat with members of the OUK Movement and the Reality Organization charge everyone to have unity at the family, community, Local Government, state and national level as the main agenda, stressing that without unity, nothing will be achieved.
“What’s more important to us now is unity. Both in our country, state, communities and families. Our minds must be mind built up with unity. This is the direction I’ll want all of us to go and it’s my own direction,” he said.
Kalu said that inasmuch as he is ready to financially support the candidate of the APC to emerge victorious come the 2023 governorship election, everyone should ensure that the party elects a responsible and capable candidate who will also put his or her own funds during the campaigns and when necessary.
The former Governor charged the people to ensure that Abia gets it right come 2023, as any mistake made will longer for so long, stressing that the state currently needs to get better.
“This time around, nobody is coming for the second tenure as Governor. It’ll all be fresh candidates. We need someone who’ll be Governor that’ll not be far from the people.
“I assure you that I’ll play a big role especially financially to support our party’s candidate. I’ll be there to back the party and candidate. However, we don’t want an artificial candidate.
“We don’t need a candidate who’ll not be responsible. We need candidates that’ll bring out his or her own funds as well.
“In all positions, we need candidates who are strong, smart, ready, intelligent and popular among the people.
“I can’t be a councillor, LGA Chairman, Governor, Commissioner or House of Representatives member anymore. It’s some of you here that can go for that.
“Uplifting is not a problem to me no matter your capacity as long as you’re dedicated and hardworking.
“I don’t believe in denying hardworking people and turn attention in rewarding people who did nothing.”
Kalu who said he will also convey a similar meeting with all the members of the All Progressives Congress in the state urged the members of the OUK Movement and the Reality Organization to go into Abia and be “fishers of electorates”, by showcasing the achievements for people to see.
He showered all those present at the meeting with different gifts, thanked them and urged all of them to keep working hard, as no hardworking person will go unrewarded.
Some of the participants thanked the Senate Chief Whip for the meeting and urged him to continue with the numerous constituency projects that are seen all over Abia North Senatorial Zone.