Former Governor of Abia State,Orji Uzor Kalu has urged Northerners to forget the presidency in 2015 .A statement by his media aide, Mr Emeka Obasi said “Compatriots from the northern half of the country who are eyeing the Presidency in 2015 were Sunday subjected to lessons in fair play by former Abia state governor Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.”
According to Kalu,”The North never had it so good.Under the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Presidency,the south is marginalised.The Vice President,the Senate President,Speaker of the House,Chief Justice of the Federation,Chief of Defence Staff and even the Chairman of the ruling party,are all northerners.They cannot rule in 2015,enough of the power struggle”,he said.
The ex-governor the statement said ,opined that it would be the height of injustice to vote in a northerner in 2015,while ignoring calls of marginalisation by the South-east.
“Fact is, we have given too much to our northern brothers.They have 20 states,the
South has 17.I count the Federal Capital Territory as a state because the Minister,like state governors, has an Aide de Camp[ADC].Unfortunately,there are only five states in the South-east,”Kalu added.
“The north must reciprocate our magnanimity.Independence was delayed to wait for the north.Only once in our history have we had the Numbers One and Two positions occupied by men from one divide.It happened under the Muhammadu Buhari\Tunde Idiagbon regime.Both came from the north.In 2011,the Yoruba donated the position of Speaker to the north.There were no riots.Please,let the north give this nation a breather,”Kalu said.
The former governor called on northern leaders not to overheat the polity by raising eyebrows about 2015,since in his words,”Nigeria stands on a tripod.As long as we do not respect that,this country cannot progress.”