By Andah John with agency report
Ex-Governor of Abia state Orji Kalu believes the Southeast will be better off if more of its political elites joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kalu made this known during an interaction with journalists at his Camp Neya country home at Igbere in Bende Local Government of the state.
He said the region, like the others, would contribute more towards national development by dumping the opposition party for the ruling one.
“Ndigbo should join APC so as to enable them to sit where other Nigerians are seated to decide on how to move the nation forward,” he said.
The former Abia governor then recalled recent victories recorded by the APC in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, stating that it’s a confirmation of the party’s popularity in the country.
“The APC electoral victories in Edo and Ondo clearly showed the popularity of the party.
“So, I did not make mistake in taking the Igbos into the national politics, where other Nigerians are seated. That is where I want the Igbos to sit.
“So there is nothing wrong in our joining APC for us to be able to sit where other Nigerians are seated. That is more important to me,” the former governor said.
Kalu further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his promise to resume work on federal roads in the Southeast. He particularly hinged his decision to join the APC on the president’s action.
“During my visit to the president, he made a promise to me and other leaders three months ago that all the contractors would be back to the federal roads before the end of November.
“Today, if you go to every federal road in Eastern Nigeria, you will see that all the contractors are back fully and this is why I joined APC.
“I didn’t join the party on selfish basis; I joined because the president made a promise and I have seen that the contractors are back to site.
“And if they are back, why can’t I believe him? He will do more,” Kalu said.