Despite being an Igbo man, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared his intention to work and vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the coming 2023 general elections.
The former Abia State Governor made it clear that the presidency of Nigeria is not a regional affair and that he will be working for his party.
He assured the Igbos that they will be the biggest beneficiaries of the presidency of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Kalu, who spoke to reporters at the National Assembly on Tuesday, said: “Presidency is not a regional issue. I asked the political parties to zone the presidency to the South East. When they didn’t do that, and since the presidency is not a regional issue, I had to withdraw.
“I have no problem with Igbo man being president. But we have to do it with other Nigerians. If we don’t do it with other Nigerians, it is not going to work, no matter how popular you are. It’s the president of Nigeria, not president of Igbo land.
“I’m an Igbo man to the core. I’m also a Nigerian to the core. If anyone from the South East would have been nominated for presidency, I would have been the one. So, it’s a party business. I have no grudges against anybody who is running.
“So, it is not personal. It is political and party. This thing is about the party winning the election. I have chosen to be in APC. Why will I vote against Tinubu? It is madness, and I’m not going to do it. Elections go along party lines, not along tribal lines.
“For me, we will wait for another time and see how all Nigerians will agree to zone the presidency to the Igbo land. But for now, our presidential candidate is Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Tinubu is a strategic person; he will make his presidency beneficial to the Igbos. The Igbos will be the biggest beneficiaries of Tinubu’s presidency,” he said.