Vice President Orji Kalu Angling for Second Class Citizenship?


Governor Orji Kalu wants to be Atiku Abubakar’s Vice President. This was perhaps Kalu’s original plan all along! The gathering, the other day, of which Mr. Atiku Abubakar was the arrowhead, has unfurled many concealed plans and the characters behind them. Why was Kalu attending an event, essentially by Atiku, during which Atiku sought to enhance his own political visibility?

Why has the third term debates subsumed everything? Where are public policy ideas? Where are the debates of the issues affecting Nigerians and Nigeria? Are the debates about third term, the only game in town? Where are Nigerians with personality? Good personality imbued with ideas and principles?

We should all be asking the candidates, what would you to do for Nigeria and how?

Gov. Orji Kalu

The events of last week are ominous and very revealing of the political psyche of some, in Nigeria. There are no scruples involved in the mad dash for public office. There are clearly no principles or ideologies at play, or expected. We are witnessing admixtures of opportunists and opportunism, coupled with extraordinary marketing of distractions.

Governor Orji Kalu who has not done a good job of clearing the garbage heap in the great city of Aba, after nearly seven years as governor of Abia State, is now parading and positioning himself to run as vice president with Atiku Abubakar as top of the ticket.

Lest we forget, it was this same governor of Abia State, who during the past several years, animated World Igbo Congress, Ohaneze Ndiigbo and other Igbo social-political-cultural groups everywhere, particularly in the United States, as he pretended to advocate Ndiigbo’s cause. He told everyone who cared to listen to him that his agitations were on behalf of Ndiigbo ascension to the presidency of Nigeria come 2007.

Governor Kalu created the impressions that he identified with a common cause for Ndiigbo, to wit, producing a president of Nigeria of Ndiigbo extraction in 2007.But whatever happened to that lofty goal? It was Kalu’s pet project. He adopted it!

It is now becoming clear that Orji Kalu has engaged in grandstanding loud-talk, just in order to leverage himself into vice presidential candidate position with Mr. Atiku Abubakar or Mr. Ibrahim Babangida. Kalu only sought publicity and attention to himself to appear attractive and visible for the number two position.

It is becoming glaringly clear that Kalu never really had a strong conviction. He never had any beliefs regarding Ndiigbo’s pride of place in Nigeria, he never believed in Ndiigbo person as president of Nigeria come 2007.

We should all ask Kalu whether he believes in power shift, and if he does, where should the shift in the center tilt? Should the power shift to the East, which Kalu advocated in the past, (with his now apparent false pretense) or is it that Kalu is now part of the new power shift to the North, which some others have advocated, in view of the fact that the presidency has been in the south for these preceding two terms?

Whatever happened to Kalu’s marketing plan that included his posturing as the voice of the East and Ndiigbo’s political aspirations?

Clearly, Kalu was engaged in fraudulent marketing, loaded with his false pretenses, when he represented himself in pursuit of Ndiigbo’s genuine political aspirations within Nigeria. Some had reckoned that Kalu’s championing Ndiigbo’s genuine political aspirations within Nigeria would work quite nicely and act as a counterweight, against the continued agitation for a separation from Nigeria by MASSOB.

MASSOB seeks to reignite the republic of Biafra, a forlorn dream. Let us now be very clear, Governor Kalu cares only for his personal ambition. He also realizes that he is not to be taken seriously as a presidential material. He does not have the strength of character for that. And so, he has marketed himself suavely, for a possible run as a vice presidential candidate. He is just another unscrupulous political opportunist in pursuit of personal ambitions.

We must now ask; where is Ohaneze, where is World Igbo Congress? Where are the South East agitators? Why are they not asking governor Kalu questions? Why is no one asking him to account? Why is no one asking him to explain the sudden change of directions? Or was his plan always to secure his personal ambitions, regardless?

History does repeat itself frequently in Nigeria, does it not? Late Dr. Okadigbo, formerly of PDP joined General Buhari of APP which morphed to ANPP, as Okadigbo became a running mate to Buhari, which in itself, resulted from the withdrawals of some ANPP candidates in favor of Buhari; subsequent to the walking out by some other ANPP primary attendees from the South-East, South-South and South-West. Okadigbo reneged in his agreement with the others to be part of the walkout. That betrayal of his friends earned Okadigbo the running mate position in ANPP under Buhari.

Governor Kalu has been an enfant-terrible in the PDP as well as a torn in the flesh of President Obasanjo. It will be recalled that Kalu repeatedly made grave allegations; But without ever producing facts or evidences to substantiate his frequent allegations against victims of his flippant accusations. And just like Okadigbo did, Kalu now hope to have his bread buttered across the aisle from the PDP, even as Kalu will soon enough be looking askance, at the genuine political aspirations of Ndiigbo, aspirations with which Kalu garnered our attention and marketed himself. Only now for Kalu to abandon that project to which he repeatedly claimed passion, false passion.

I really had hoped and wished that Nigerians were presented with credible Ndiigbo candidates for president of Nigeria in 2007. Let the end result be that such credible Ndiigbo aspirants were out-maneuvered by the third term arrangements or by the power-shift agitators and or the Atiku opportunism

Ndiigbo have not effectively joined the race for the presidency of Nigeria, unless you count Kalu and except you think he is credible.

Too many Nigerians have been deceived by those who are still distracting some of us with their opposition to third term for President Obasanjo and current state governors.

I think that we have been hoodwinked and hypnotized by the opposition! As some are now transfixed with debates about third term, as they exclude everything else!

The opposition and political opponents of President Obasanjo are scared and afraid, so we are told and that is why they have no manifestoes, no campaigns with the issues, or about ideas.

They should focus on the issues and great ideas. They should be bold and should have courage to market themselves to the electorate. After all, even in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Egypt etc opponents let the public know them and their manifestoes, or where they stand on the issues and public policies.

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Lagbaja April 25, 2006 - 4:53 pm

I can't believe this. So now since you cannot ram OBJ down our throat, u now want to attack the people that have declared..tell ur cowardly President to come out and be bold instead of hiding under the table like a sissy..he should act like a soldier instead of a girly man and tell us what he wants to do in 2007..why do proxy arranagement? The fear of IBB or atiku or Kalu will never drive us into the hands of OBJ. His time is up. And I must say you did a very poor job as well- the other time you asked for candidates no sooner are they declaring that you are running helter skelter like say Gulf war don land ur backyard..what are u scared of Paul..what?

Cletus E. Olebunne April 24, 2006 - 7:14 pm

Paul, thanks for bringing the focus on campaign based on issues. It is sad to say that the campaign is still driven by personality, but we will get to the campaign driven by issues and public policies as we develop into a more advanced democratic society.

Normally people do things the way they know how; the polity is currently dominated by folks who know only the politics of personality.


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